Hartlepool Football Players and Executives with Floral Wreath for Neale Cooper

EDC Joins with Hartlepool United to Launch New Stand in Honour of Neale Cooper

Mon, 2018-07-16 10:57

East Durham College is thrilled to have partnered with Hartlepool United on the launch of a fitting tribute for one of the club's greatest managers.

This past weekend, Hartlepool officially revealed the Neale Cooper Stand at Victoria Park. Widely thought of as one of the club's greatest managers throughout history, Neale had two different terms as Hartlepool Manager, where he was known for great success on the pitch, and also with fans due to his genuine passion for the club and his infectious personality.

Two of Neale's daughters, Amy and Ellie, attended the official opening of the new stand this previous Saturday alongside Raj Singh, Hartlepool United Chairman, former players Antony Sweeney and Jack Ross (now Sunderland Manager), Director Ian Scobbie and representatives from East Durham College. Many fans were also in attendance for the reveal, including supporters from Neale's hometown club in Aberdeen.

Neale Cooper Stand at Hartlepool United Victoria Park

Members of Neale's family and representatives from Hartlepool United read out tributes to Neale at the launch, as well as laying flowers and mementos to Neale. This was followed by one-minute's applause for Neale, alongside chants of "One Neale Cooper" also breaking out around the stadium.

Neale passed away earlier this May, aged 54, with his family at his side.

East Durham College was thrilled to be part of the stand's launch, which sees the college sponsor the new stand as part of an ongoing partnership with Hartlepool United. The club also recently selected East Durham College as their new training ground.

“This is a huge deal for the Club on so many levels,” said the Club’s Chief Executive, Mark Maguire.

“Commercially, the fact that East Durham College have agreed to take out significant sponsorship further underpins what we hope will be a long-lasting relationship.

“We are also really grateful that EDC have accepted our request to rename the stand after Neale Cooper, whose loss has affected so many people in recent weeks.

“The stand will be known as The Neale Cooper Stand sponsored by East Durham College and we hope Poolies will join us in thanking EDC for their flexibility as we honour the memory of one of the Club’s greatest managers.”

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