Rochdale AFC has been granted the Freedom of the Borough on its 101st anniversary.
The award is the highest accolade a council can bestow on a person or organisation.
The achievement recognises the entire club, but councillors were quick to praise in particular the work of the Community team.
Cllr Colin Lambert said: "The club's involvement with schools and community groups shows their commitment to being something more than just a football club. This recognition is well deserved."
Club Community officers Keith Hicks and Siobhan McElhinney joined director Graham Morris to collect an inscribed scroll and solid silver casket at a ceremony in the town hall.
Cllr Irene Davidson said: "I know what a significant contribution the club has made to our borough and the vital role it plays in the community.
"I hope this is accolade seen as a big thank you to all the club staff, players and supporters."
Football League Trust Regional Manager Dean Grice said: "Keith Hicks and the Community staff are deservedly proud of this richly-deserved accolade.
"It is a wonderful recognition of the club's hard work and the Trust extends its congratulations to the Rochdale Community team."
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