Dons fans pay tribute to Neale Cooper in Pittodrie celebration

Around 4,500 Aberdeen Football Club fans turned out to celebrate the life of Neale Cooper.

A celebration of life was held for the Gothenburg Great at Pittodrie, with speakers telling stories and anecdotes about their experiences of working with Neale over the years.

Fans gave a standing ovation to the much-loved footballer, in the celebration which ended with 220 red and white balloons being released into the sky.

Supporters described the emotional event as “brilliant”.

Jock Gardiner, one of the speakers on the night, and representing the Red Army, said: “He always had a time for a chat, and his infectious personality put a smile on people’s faces.

“The northern lights has always been an anthem for us, and while we’ve lost a favourite son in Tattie Cooper, let us all think of him and enjoy the memories while we belt it out at future matches.”