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Mark Cooper
Personal information
Full name Mark Nicholas Cooper
Date of birth 18 December 1968 (1968-12-18) (age 41)
Place of birth Wakefield, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1989 Bristol City 0 (0)
1989–1991 Exeter City 50 (12)
1990 Southend United (loan) 5 (0)
1991–1992 Birmingham City 39 (4)
1992–1994 Fulham 14 (0)
1993 Huddersfield Town (loan) 10 (4)
1994 Wycombe Wanderers 2 (1)
1994–1996 Exeter City 88 (20)
1996–1997 Hartlepool United 31 (9)
1997 Macclesfield Town (loan) 8 (2)
1997–1998 Leyton Orient 1 (0)
1998–2000 Rushden & Diamonds 17 (8)
2000–2001 Hednesford Town 24 (4)
2001–2002 Forest Green Rovers 48 (18)
2002–2007 Tamworth 104 (31)
2007 Hinckley United 15 (1)
2007–2009 Kettering Town 1 (1)
Total 457 (115)
Teams managed
2004–2007 Tamworth
2007–2009 Kettering Town
2009–2010 Peterborough United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mark Cooper (born 18 December 1968) is an English footballer and manager who last managed Peterborough United.


Playing career

Born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Cooper's football career started back in 1987, where he first appeared on the books of Bristol City as a trainee, but never made any first-team appearances for the club.

After two seasons with the Robins, Cooper moved on to Exeter City, managed by his father, in October 1989. He played 50 games and scored 12 goals for southern club.

During his time with The Grecians, Mark went on loan to Southend United, where he only made 5 appearances.

In September 1991, Cooper joined Birmingham City. He played a total of 39 games, and scored 4 goals for the midlands club.

Cooper's next club was in Greater London with Fulham, where he was subject of a £40,000 price tag. He had a brief loan spell with Huddersfield Town while at the London club in 1993.

After only fourteen games for the club, Cooper moved on, but stayed in the vicinity, by joining Wycombe Wanderers, before returning for a second spell with Exeter City in February 1994.

Two seasons later seen Cooper on the move again, this time he was going north to Hartlepool United, where he made 31 appearances and scored 9 goals for the club.

Coopers third and final loan spell was with local side Macclesfield Town in September 1997. He was only on loan for two months and made just 8 appearances, but did manage to find the net on 2 occasions.

In December 1997, Cooper joined Leyton Orient on a non-contract basis, before moving on to Rushden & Diamonds.

After two years with the club, Cooper moved on to Hednesford Town. Cooper then moved on to Forest Green Rovers. At his time with The Lawners, he was club captain and named Supporters' Player of the Year. This was his final team before joining Tamworth as a player in May 2002.

Managerial career

At the start of the 2003–04 season Mark was appointed player/assistant manager at Tamworth and moved up to manager following the departure of Darron Gee for the 2004–05 season.[1]

During his time as Tamworth manager, Cooper managed to get them into the third round of the FA Cup in two consecutive seasons. The first time they played against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium and they managed to force a replay at their own ground, where the game decided on penalties. The following season they played against Norwich City and lost 4–1.

Tamworth's league form did not match their cup exploits, however. In the 2005–06 season Tamworth finished second-bottom of the Conference, and only survived when Canvey Island resigned from the league. The following season went little better, and on 24 January 2007, he left Tamworth F.C by mutual consent, with the club bottom of the Conference table.[2]

On 16 May 2007, Cooper was appointed manager of Kettering Town.[3] He had a successful first season with the Poppies, winning the Conference North title with a margin of 17 points. In the 2008–09 season, he guided Kettering to the FA Cup fourth round, a joint record for the furthest the club have been in the competition, where they faced Premier League team Fulham. He also guided the Poppies to 8th in the Blue Square Premier, completing a successful return to the conference.

After days of speculation, on 13 November 2009, Cooper agreed in principle to a three-and-a-half year contract to become Darren Ferguson's successor as manager of Championship side Peterborough United,[4] following the departure by mutual consent of Ferguson on 11 November.[5] He was appointed as manager on 14 November.[6]

He left Kettering 2nd in the table and on a twelve game unbeaten run. The Poppies were also in the 2nd Round of the FA Cup, and had been handed the dream tie of Leeds United.

Cooper managed his last game as a Poppy away at Cambridge where his side won 2-0, Cooper was applauded of the pitch by the Kettering faithful and had tears running down his cheeks.

On 25 November 2009, he made his first signing as Peterborough manager, signing Exodus Geohaghon from former club Kettering Town

On 29 November 2009, Cooper's Peterborough were given an away tie in the F.A. Cup third Round against Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

On 19 December 2009, Peterborough won their first game with Cooper in charge during a 2-1 home win against Watford. Later that month, they recovered from a 0-4 home deficit to Cardiff City to claim a 4-4 draw.

Cooper was sacked just 12 games into his tenure as The Posh manager on 1 February 2010.[7]

Personal life

He is the son of former Leeds United and England full-back Terry Cooper.

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
P W D L GF GA Win %
Tamworth England 28 April 2004 24 January 2007 &0000000000000138.000000138 &0000000000000041.00000041 &0000000000000035.00000035 &0000000000000062.00000062 &0000000000000148.000000148 &0000000000000209.000000209 &0000000000000029.71000029.71
Kettering Town England 16 May 2007 14 November 2009 &0000000000000108.000000108 &0000000000000062.00000062 &0000000000000022.00000022 &0000000000000024.00000024 &0000000000000167.000000167 &0000000000000091.00000091 &0000000000000057.41000057.41
Peterborough United England 14 November 2009 1 February 2010 &0000000000000013.00000013 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000008.0000008 &0000000000000013.00000013 &0000000000000027.00000027 &0&0000000000000007.6900007.69
Total &0000000000000258.000000258 &0000000000000104.000000104 &0000000000000061.00000061 &0000000000000094.00000094 &0000000000000161.000000161 &0000000000000236.000000236 &0000000000000040.31000040.31


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