Take a look at our gallery of images as we officially unveiled The Neale Cooper Stand at Victoria Park ahead of Saturday’s game against Sunderland.
It was an emotionally-charged start to the afternoon as Neale’s daughter’s, Amy and Ellie, joined us at The Vic to help pay the perfect tribute to their father who tragically passed away in May.
Widely-regarded as one of the Club’s greatest-ever managers, Neale had two spells in the Pools’ dugout but became just as popular with supporters and staff for his infectious personality as his success on the pitch.
Last month it was revealed that the Club had decided to create a permanent tribute to his memory with the renaming of the Mill House Stand – and on Saturday it was officially opened as The Neale Cooper Stand.
Amy and Ellie joined Chairman Raj Singh, former players Antony Sweeney and Jack Ross (now Sunderland manager), Director Ian Scobbie, representatives from East Durham College and even some supporters from Neale’s hometown club Aberdeen in paying tribute to the popular Scot.
Flowers and mementos were laid in front of the stand and tributes were read out from the Club and from the Cooper family before fans of both Pools and Sunderland took part in a minute’s applause – with spontaneous chants of “One Neale Cooper” breaking out all around the stadium.
It was a fitting tribute to a wonderful man and our snapper Simon Moore (Shutter Press) was there to capture it all – take a look at all of his images in the gallery above now.