Lancaster City unveil stand named after former captain Neil Marshall

Neil Marshall's family were at the opening of the new stand named in his honour at Giant Axe on Saturday. Photo by Tony North.
Neil Marshall's family were at the opening of the new stand named in his honour at Giant Axe on Saturday. Photo by Tony North.

Lancaster City FC have officially opened one of their stands in tribute to former captain Neil Marshall, who passed away last year.

The club renamed its North Stand at Giant Axe as The Neil Marshall Legend Stand, and it was ‘unveiled’ before Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Mickleover Sports.

Neil Marshall with his wife Kim, son Max and daughter Daisy at Kim's brother Ryan's wedding in August.

Neil Marshall with his wife Kim, son Max and daughter Daisy at Kim's brother Ryan's wedding in August.

Lancaster mayor Coun Roger Mace and mayoress Joyce Mace attended the event, along with Neil’s widow Kim, children Max and Daisy, and other family members.

Former Dolly Blues captain Neil passed away at home on November 16 2016 at the age of just 31 after a battle with cancer.

Family and friends have since set up a memorial fund in a bid to support Kim and the couple’s children Max and Daisy in the coming years.

Lancaster City’s general manager Shane Hudson said the idea of naming one of the ground’s stands after Neil was something staff and fans alike had got behind.

He said: “From a club point of view anyone with any links to lancaster City over the last few years was desperate to permanently commemorate Neil.

“We wanted a real reminder and remembrance of him.

“He has been a massive part of the club in its modern history and this seemed like a really good opportunity.

“If Neil wasn’t a player he would have been standing on that terrace watching the games himself.”

The club was helped out by Neil’s former employers, VolkerBrooks of White Lund, who refurbished the stand’s fascia.

They have also sponsored the stand, which has Neil’s name written across it.

For more information on the Neil Marshall Memorial Fund or if you wish to hold an event, contact Mick Hoyle on 07860 688104.

Anyone wishing to donate can make a bank transfer to account number 11798286 with sort code 40-27-02, using the reference Neil Marshall Memorial Fund.