National League club Hartlepool United has announced the Mill House Stand is to be renamed in honour of Neale Cooper.
Cooper, who had two stints in charge of managing the club and was widely respected in footballing circles, passed away last month after falling down stairs at a block of flats in the city.
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) June 26, 2018
In a statement on Hartlepool United’s website, Club’s Chief Executive Mark Maguire 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.”
In further news, we can confirm that a ceremony to rename the stand will take place prior to kick-off in our pre-season friendly against Sunderland on Saturday 14th July.
“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.”
East Durham College will have full naming rights for the stand and work will commence on rebranding in the coming weeks.
Take a look at the social media reaction to the news on the next page.
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