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Former Wolves owner Sir Jack Hayward to have stand named after him

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Image caption Sir Jack Hayward invested about £70m in Wolverhampton Wanderers over 17 years

Wolverhampton Wanderers are to rename a stand in honour of former owner Sir Jack Hayward.

The Jack Harris Stand, named after another former chairman but affectionately known to fans as the South Bank, will change its name from next season.

Current owner Steve Morgan made the announcement at the club's end of season awards dinner on Wednesday.

Wolves are in discussion with the city council to build a statue of Sir Jack.

Keith Ireland, the council's managing director, said: "We will do all we can to help Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrate the life of Sir Jack Hayward, and the erection of a statue would be a fitting memorial to a man who was both a great philanthropist and a great supporter of the city of Wolverhampton."

Thousands of people lined the streets of Wolverhampton for the 91-year-old's funeral in February following his death on 13 January.

The businessman and philanthropist bought the club in 1990 and spent about £70m of his own money before selling to Mr Morgan for a token £10 in 2007.

The stand is the second to be renamed in recent times - the John Ireland Stand was renamed the Steve Bull Stand in 2003.

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