In a fitting tribute, Hartlepool Utd have renamed their Mill House Stand at Victoria Park in honour of Neale Cooper.
Following a sponsorship agreement with East Durham College, they have agreed to help pay for the naming of the stand from the start of the 2018/19 campaign.
On the club’s website, Mark Maguire, Hartlepool’s Chief Executive said: ““This is a huge deal for the Club on so many levels.”
“Commercially, the fact that East Durham College have agreed to take out significant sponsorship further underpins what we hope will be a long-lasting relationship.
“We are also really grateful that EDC have accepted our request to rename the stand after Neale Cooper, whose loss has affected so many people in recent weeks.
“The stand will be known as The Neale Cooper Stand sponsored by East Durham College and we hope Poolies will join us in thanking EDC for their flexibility as we honour the memory of one of the Club’s greatest managers.”
The ceremony to rename the stand will take pace prior to kick-off in their pre-season friendly against Sunderland on Saturday 14 July 2018.
“We have taken our time to work out the best way of paying tribute to Neale and wanted to be guided by his family,” Maguire explained.
“I’m delighted that members of Neale’s family have accepted an invitation to the match where we intend to formally open the stand with friends from East Durham College.
It will be a poignant occasion when we can show Neale’s family exactly what he meant to everyone in Hartlepool and also make sure they know we will always cherish the memories he helped create.”
We are very pleased to announce that as part of a sponsorship deal with @EastDurhamCol the Mill House Stand at Victoria Park is to be renamed in memory of Neale Cooper.
— Hartlepool United FC (@Official_HUFC) 26 June 2018