Pools set to pay tribute to Neale Cooper as stand is named in the ex-Aberdeen star's name

Neale Cooper
Neale Cooper

Hartlepool will pay tribute to former manager Neale Cooper this weekend when a stand at Victoria Park will be renamed in his honour.

On Saturday, when ex-player Jack Ross’ Sunderland are the visitors to the Vic, the Mill House Stand will be unveiled as the Neale Cooper Stand sponsored by East Durham College.

A ceremony to mark the occasion will take place prior to kick-off, which is at 3pm.

A club statement confirming the news said: “Tributes will be read out, flowers will be laid in front of the stand by representatives from the club and there will then be a minute’s applause in honour of Neale, who passed away at the end of May.

“We’re delighted that Neale’s daughters, Amy and Ellie, will both join us at Victoria Park as our guests for the game on Saturday.

“We would ask all supporters to take their places in the ground in good time ahead of the ceremony, which is expected to start at around 2.45pm.”

Cooper managed Pools between 2003 and 2005 before returning for a second spell in 2011.

He was also a manager at Ross County, Gillngham and Peterhead.

As a player he represented Aberdeen, winning the Cup Winner’s Cup in 1983 under Sir Alex Ferguson, Aston Villa, Rangers, Reading, Dunfermline and Ross County.

Cooper passed away on May 28 at the age of 54.