A celebration of Neale Cooper’s life will take place at Pittodrie Stadium next week, the club confirmed this afternoon.
The family have urged all friends, colleagues and supporters to attend the event to pay their respects to Neale.
It will take place next Friday at 7pm at the Richard Donald Stand.
Neale’s family today released the following statement: “Neale James Cooper passed away peacefully on 28th May 2018, aged 54, with his family by his side.
“A loving son to Anne, father to Amy, Alex, and Ellie, brother to Shirley, and uncle to Doug and Suzi, he left a lasting impression on everyone he encountered and will be sorely missed by those he left behind.
“The family would like to express their gratitude to Police Scotland, the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary paramedics, A&E and ICU departments who cared for Neale in his final hours, and the media for respecting their privacy.
“Neale will have a private family funeral and there will be a public memorial event at Aberdeen Football Club. The family would like to thank Aberdeen Football Club for organising the public memorial event and for the support they have shown. The family are also very touched and grateful for the overwhelming support and thoughts of the public and fans.”
Complimentary tickets to the celebration will be available from the Pittodrie ticket office from Monday, however tickets will also be available on the night at the RDS Lower turnstiles.
The book of condolence will be available in the RDS Concourse area once the evening has been brought to a close.
One of Neale’s best friends and fellow Dons legend Joe Harper said it was a fitting way to remember the much-loved player and manager.
“It is lovely for the club to open up the ground for people to celebrate the life of Neale,” he told the Evening Express.
“The most important thing is it isn’t for people to be sad but to come and talk about the good things about Neale, the great man he was and some of the stories that people have about him.
“A few of the people who knew him including myself will be speaking.
“Neale was like a son to me, I knew him from when he was 13 and came as a ballboy.
“We have done everything together from after-dinner speaking and I’m not surprised in the slightest in the outpouring of accolades for Neale.
“He was so popular. I was saying to his family how proud of him they should be to get all the accolades from people, and including probably the biggest club in the world in Real Madrid.
“The event could be very popular knowing how much people loved Neale. It will be something they will be able to say they were at to remember Neale.”