Watch as work begins on the Neale Cooper stand at Hartlepool United

Victoria Park will have a stand named after Neale Cooper this season
Victoria Park will have a stand named after Neale Cooper this season

Hartlepool United have released footage of the Neale Cooper Stand, as it starts to take shape at Victoria Park.

Pools announced a sponsorship deal with East Durham college earlier this summer which would see the stand named after their late manager.

And now the club have released video footage as work continues to rename the Mill House Stand.

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Cooper, who sadly passed away on May 28, managed Pools between 2003 and 2005 - later returning for a second spell in 2011.

The new stand will be officially unveiled prior to the club's friendly with Sunderland this weekend.

A club statement read: “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.”

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Meanwhile, Pools have invited supporters to join their heroes at an open day on Thursday, July 26.

The event will give fans the opportunity to purchase the club's new home kit before joining players for a large team photo.

Supporters will also have the chance to mingle with players and staff with a number of fun activities on offer.

Full details on the open day are HERE.