The funeral of former Stanley manager and Chairman Eric Whalley will take place this Friday afternoon.

The service will take place at St. Wulstan’s church in Great Harwood at 1pm.

As a mark of respect the offices here at the Store First Stadium will be closed all day on Friday. The flag at the ground is currently flying at half mast in memory of Eric, who passed away at the weekend.

Eric’s family would like to let well wishers know that the funeral will be family flowers only and that donations can be made to Cancer Research UK.