Hartlepool United have announced they will rename one of their stands in hour of former manager Neale Gothenburg.
The Gothenburg Great, who passed away last month following a fall in Aberdeen, managed Pools twice in his career and the Mill House Stand has been renamed to provide a permanent memorial.
Chief executive Mark Maguire said: “This is a huge deal for the club on so many levels.
“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.”
A ceremony to rename the stand will take place prior to kick-off in United’s pre-season friendly against Sunderland on Saturday, July 14.
Maguire said: “We have taken our time to work out the best way of paying tribute to Neale and wanted to be guided by his family.
“I’m delighted that members of Neale’s family have accepted an invitation to the match where we intend to formally open the stand with friends from East Durham College.
“It will be a poignant occasion when we can show Neale’s family exactly what he meant to everyone in Hartlepool and also make sure they know we will always cherish the memories he helped create.”