Former Burnley player and Northern Ireland international Jimmy McIlroy has died at the age of 86, the club have announced.

The inside forward, who is widely regarded as the Clarets' finest ever player, was a mainstay of the team which won the First Division title in 1960 and reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup the following season.

McIlroy made 497 appearances for the club and scored 131 goals during a 13-year spell at Turf Moor.

A statement on read: "Burnley Football Club is greatly saddened to hear of the death of Jimmy McIlroy - widely regarded as the club's finest ever player.

"The Clarets have lost a true club great and a part of their history, and the club's thoughts are with his family and friends on this sad day."