WHITCHURCH Alport are set to build a long-lasting memorial to superfan Aaron Millington, who died last year, as plans for a new stand in his name were approved.

Planning chiefs at Shropshire Council have approved the club's bid to build a new covered terrace in memory of one of their biggest fans.

The stand which will be named 'The Aaron Millington Terrace' in memory of Aaron, known as 'Azza' who passed away earlier this year and it will be jointly funded by the football club and Azza's Fund.

The terrace which will be erected behind the goal adjacent to the junior pitch, which is where, according to club officials, where he would have wanted it.

It will cover the width of the penalty area and boast a specially designed disabled area.

Club chairman Tony Rogers, said he was delighted to receive permission to build the new stand.

"We're all delighted to have received the permission from Shropshire Council and thank them for their involvement," said Tony.

"Late last year, Azza and I discussed how we could improve the atmosphere and fan-Involvement during home matches at Yockings Park and we both agreed that a covered terrace, behind the goal, would achieve these goals.

"When we so sadly lost our great mate, even before taking the chair, I was determined to help make it happen.

"The construction will now be considerably larger than originally planned which is indeed a fitting tribute to Azza.

"The majority of the funding has been met through Aaron's Fund and kind donations from local businesses and organisations.

"There is, however, a shortfall, so any further help and fundraising will be greatly appreciated.

"I can't wait to see the terrace completed and for all our brilliant supporters to make full use of it."

Meanwhile Aaron's parents, Jane and Tony Millington believe the stand will be a perfect tribute to their son.

"Myself and Tony are pleased with the announcement that the plan's for the Aaron Millington Terrace have now been passed," said Jane.

"We are so happy to tell everyone that together with Whitchurch Alport we have decided to make the new stand as big as we can.

"It's the perfect tribute to our son and we feel honoured to keep his memory and legacy going.

"We would like to thank everyone who has donated and helped fundraise so far. We still have a way to go and lots more fundraising events planned.

"If you would like to donate, please pay cash to Jane/Tony Millington, 34 Edward German Drive, SY13 1TL. Or cheque made payable to the Alport Red Army.

"Thank you for all your continued support."