THE funeral of popular former footballer Nick Ackland will take place on Tuesday, March 26, 2pm.

Known affectionately as Ackers, the former Forest Green, Shortwood United, Stonehouse, Kingswood and Tytherington Rocks midfielder died at the age of 51 last week after a short illness.

His funeral will be held in his home town at St Cyr’s Church, Stonehouse. The Ackland family have requested people attending should dress in bright colours or bring red and white scarves.

Family flowers only. Donations for ‘FOCUS’ (Cheltenham Hospital Oncology Unit) may be sent to Michael Gamble Funeral Directors. Station House, Station Road, Stroud, GL5 3AR. Or online at