Family says ‘wowzer’ as Hartlepool stand named after Dons great Neale Cooper

© Simon Moore/Shutter PressA minute's applause was held before the game
A minute's applause was held before the game

Tributes were again paid to Dons football legend Neale Cooper over the weekend as a stand named after him was officially opened.

Hartlepool United, who were previously managed by Neale over two spells, officially renamed a stand after the popular figure on Saturday.

Watch the official opening here

A message from Neale’s daughters Amy and Ellie was read out during the ceremony.

It said: “‘Wowzer’ is how he would have described this demonstration of love and support from the north-east.

“From all of the Cooper family we thank the club, the fans and the people of Hartlepool for this incredible gesture.”

A statement from the English club said: “We want all of Neale’s family to know that although we are heartbroken, we will forever treasure the incredible memories he has provided and always treasure the laughter he brought during his time at the Vic.

“It is only right that a man who made such an impact during his time at the club should be remembered in this way.

“We hope that the Neale Cooper Stand will witness not only significant success in the future but also return of the spirit which Neale brought to the club.

“Finally we would like to extend our thanks to our countless friends from north of the border who have sent such kind messages in recent weeks, in particular Aberdeen fans who we know will be here with us in spirit.”

A minute’s applause was held by fans of Hartlepool and Ross County ahead of their games, and also ahead of the Cove Rangers vs Aberdeen match yesterday.

Neale, who featured in the Aberdeen squad that won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983, passed away after falling down stairs at a block of flats in Aberdeen.