The announcement was made at the AFC Player of the Year Dinner at the AECC on Sunday evening after Simmie received a Special Recognition Award.
The decision will delight the Dons fans who have repeatedly shown their desire for the Gothenburg Great to be honoured like all other players who have spent 10 years or more at Pittodrie.
Interest in a 'Get Neil Simpson a testimonial' Facebook group that was set up months previously was reinvigorated with hundreds of new members, a collection for a flag to be flown at games raised hundreds of pounds in excess of what was initially required, t-shirts and other merchandise were created to raise money and awareness, and a petition was set up with hundreds of fans adding their signature.
The announcement today proves that fans have the power to influence clubs - and congratulation to Aberdeen FC for listening to the support and finally acting in a way that shows they will not pander to any other football clubs or the central belt media when it comes to honouring our legends.
Neil Simpson/Aberdeen FC
European Cup Winners Cup winner
Super Cup winner (scored in second leg)
2 Premier Division Championships
3 Scottish Cups
1 Scottish League Cup
5 (Northern Ireland, Uruguay, France and England x2)
Time at Aberdeen FC
11 years (player)
9 years (Community/Youth Coach)