Peel Football Club’s grandstand is to undergo a £40,000 renovation and be named after one of its former players.
The club has received a Community Awards Grant of just under £40,000 from the Manx Lottery Trust, as well as sponsorship from Two-Six Bistro.
The grandstand will be named the Terry Vincent Stand after one of the club’s all-time great players and clubmen.
Club treasurer Neil Cain said: ‘The proposal to renovate the stand has been ongoing for two or three years now, with the grant made by the Manx Lottery Trust being a game changer to allow the project to proceed. We are also extremely grateful to Two-Six Bistro for their sponsorship.
‘I and I’m sure hundreds of others, have lots of great memories of “Terry’s”, as it was known by all the kids who went to his football training.
‘Terry was an exceptional footballer and put so much back into the club after his playing days were over. Our club continues to rely heavily on the valued efforts of volunteers for junior coaching and for its general running, and Terry was a shining, yet humble, example to all those volunteers as well as all the kids he coached.’
Known by many as the ‘gentleman of football’, Terry was the first Peel player to make 500 appearances for the club, scoring at least 342 goals in 513 known appearances while never being booked. After retiring he coached the junior teams for almost 30 years. He died in 2012, aged 83.
Work will take place on the general appearance of the stand, its steel and woodwork, the seating and the disabled access.