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Neale Cooper
Personal information
Full name Neale James Cooper
Date of birth 24 November 1963 (1963-11-24) (age 46)
Place of birth    Darjeeling, India
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Peterhead (manager)
Youth career
1978–1979 King Street
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1979–1986
1986–1988
1988–1990
1990–1991
1991
1991–1996
1996–1998
Aberdeen
Aston Villa
Rangers
Aberdeen
Reading
Dunfermline Athletic
Ross County
132 (6)
020 (0)
017 (1)
000 (0)
007 (0)
103 (4)
001 (0)   
Teams managed
1996–2002
2003–2005
2005
2008–
Ross County
Hartlepool United
Gillingham
Peterhead

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Neale James Cooper (born 24 November 1963, in Darjeeling, India) is a Scottish football manager and former professional player. A big, muscular player once likened to "a Sherman tank with legs",[1] his nickname was "Godzilla" because of his ferocious tackling [2]

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Playing career

He began his senior career with Aberdeen. A first-team regular from the beginning of the 1981–82 season, he starred in midfield for the Dons for five seasons in which he won two Premier Division Championships, four Scottish Cups, one League Cup, the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup under the management of Alex Ferguson. In the summer of 1986, he signed for Aston Villa but made only twenty league appearances in the next two years, partly because of injuries. In the 1988–89 season, he transferred to Rangers and quickly won the League Cup but injuries restricted him to only seventeen league appearances. In the summer of 1990, he re-joined Aberdeen but was never fit to play. Next season he signed for Reading but after only seven appearances moved to Dunfermline Athletic where he at last was able to play regulaly. After three seasons in the First Division, he moved into management with Ross County.

Managerial career

He guided the Staggies through two successful promotions campaigns before stepping down after a run of only one win in eleven games and joining Hartlepool United, who were newly promoted from the Third Division to the Second Division. Cooper took them to the play-offs in his first season where they lost to Bristol City in the semi-finals after two last-minute goals. In his second season, Cooper took Hartlepool within points to securing another play-off spot before resigning with one match remaining. Hartlepool then went on to make the final of the play-offs, where they lost to Sheffield Wednesday. For the 2005–06 season, he took over the reins at Gillingham who were in financial trouble and had lost the majority of their first team: but he resigned in November of that year after poor performances and an FA Cup defeat to Northern Premier League side Burscough.

In October 2006, Cooper returned to Scottish football with Second Division Peterhead, as he took on the role of first team coach under the management of Steve Paterson. When Paterson left Peterhead in early 2008, Cooper took over as manager. Peterhead narrowly missed out on the end of season playoffs for a place in the Scottish First Division in 2008 finishing 5th, however he guided the Blue Toon to 4th the following season and a playoff against 2nd bottom Airdrie United from Division One.

Honours

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As a Player

Aberdeen

Scottish Premier League Champion 1983–84; 1984–85

Scottish Cup Winner 1982; 1983; 1984; 1986

Scottish League Cup Winner 1986

European Cup Winners Cup Champion 1983

European Super Cup Champion 1983

Rangers

Scottish League Cup Winner 1989

Dunfermline Athletic

Scottish Division One Champion 1996

As a Manager

Promotions

Family

Cooper has a 17-year-old son Alex, who is currently playing for the Liverpool youth academy, after a £100,000 move from Ross County in December 2007. Alex spent the summer of 2006 at a training camp in Switzerland with Chelsea, and Jose Mourinho had reportedly tracked his development.[3]

References

  1. ^ Bob Crampsey, Aberdeen – Final Edition, Keith Murray Publishing, 1990, ISBN 1 870978307, page 134.
  2. ^ http://www.aberdeen.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=69425
  3. ^ Liverpool Sign Young Winger, accessed 19 June 2009.

External links


Neale Cooper
Personal information
Full name Neale James Cooper
Date of birth 24 November 1963 (1963-11-24) (age 47)
Place of birth    Darjeeling, India
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Peterhead (manager)
Youth career
1978–1979 King Street
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1979–1986
1986–1988
1988–1990
1990–1991
1991
1991–1996
1996–1998
Aberdeen
Aston Villa
Rangers
Aberdeen
Reading
Dunfermline Athletic
Ross County
132 (6)
020 (0)
017 (1)
000 (0)
007 (0)
103 (4)
001 (0)   
Teams managed
1996–2002
2003–2005
2005
2008–
Ross County
Hartlepool United
Gillingham
Peterhead

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Neale James Cooper (born 24 November 1963, in Darjeeling, India) is a Scottish football manager and former professional player. A big, muscular player once likened to "a Sherman tank with legs",[1] his nickname was "Godzilla" because of his ferocious tackling [2]

Contents

Playing career

He began his senior career with Aberdeen. A first-team regular from the beginning of the 1981–82 season, he starred in midfield for the Dons for five seasons in which he won two Premier Division Championships, four Scottish Cups, one League Cup, the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup under the management of Alex Ferguson. In the summer of 1986, he signed for Aston Villa but made only twenty league appearances in the next two years, partly because of injuries. In the 1988–89 season, he transferred to Rangers and quickly won the League Cup but injuries restricted him to only seventeen league appearances. In the summer of 1990, he re-joined Aberdeen but was never fit to play. Next season he signed for Reading but after only seven appearances moved to Dunfermline Athletic where he at last was able to play regularly. After three seasons in the First Division, he moved into management with Ross County.

Managerial career

He guided the Staggies through two successful promotions campaigns before stepping down after a run of only one win in eleven games and joining Hartlepool United, who were newly promoted from the Third Division to the Second Division. Cooper took them to the play-offs in his first season where they lost to Bristol City in the semi-finals after two last-minute goals. In his second season, Cooper took Hartlepool within points to securing another play-off spot before resigning with one match remaining. Hartlepool then went on to make the final of the play-offs, where they lost to Sheffield Wednesday. For the 2005–06 season, he took over the reins at Gillingham who were in financial trouble and had lost the majority of their first team: but he resigned in November of that year after poor performances and an FA Cup defeat to Northern Premier League side Burscough.

In October 2006, Cooper returned to Scottish football with Second Division Peterhead, as he took on the role of first team coach under the management of Steve Paterson. When Paterson left Peterhead in early 2008, Cooper took over as manager. Peterhead narrowly missed out on the end of season playoffs for a place in the Scottish First Division in 2008 finishing 5th, however he guided the Blue Toon to 4th the following season and a playoff against 2nd bottom Airdrie United from Division One.

Honours

As a Player

Aberdeen

Scottish Premier League Champion 1983–84; 1984–85

Scottish Cup Winner 1982; 1983; 1984; 1986

Scottish League Cup Winner 1986

European Cup Winners Cup Champion 1983

European Super Cup Champion 1983

Rangers

Scottish League Cup Winner 1989

Dunfermline Athletic

Scottish Division One Champion 1996

As a Manager

Promotions

Personal life

Cooper has an 18-year-old son, Alex, who is currently playing for the Liverpool youth academy, after a £100,000 move from Ross County in December 2007. Alex spent the summer of 2006 at a training camp in Switzerland with Chelsea, and Jose Mourinho had reportedly tracked his development.[3]

References

  1. ^ Bob Crampsey, Aberdeen – Final Edition, Keith Murray Publishing, 1990, ISBN 1 870978307, page 134.
  2. ^ http://www.aberdeen.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=69425
  3. ^ Liverpool Sign Young Winger, accessed 19 June 2009.

External links


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