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Neale Cooper Squad Index
Information:
1982-83 Squad Number:
4
Position:
Central Midfielder
Date of Birth:
24th November 1963
Birthplace:
Darjeeling, India
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
6' 1
Weight:
12st 3lbs
Signed:
24th November 1979
Career History:
Hazelhead Academy
Aberdeen 24th November 1979
Aston Villa 30th June 1986 350,000
Rangers 4th October 1988 250,000
Reading 23rd November 1991 Free Transfer
Dunfermline Athletic 29th November 1991
Ross County Manager 2nd August 1996 - 11th November 2002
Hartlepool United Manager 26th June 2003 to 4th May 2005
Gillingham Manager 21st May 2005 to 15th November 2005
Peterhead Manager 10th January 2008 to 22nd March 2011
Hartlepool United Manager 28th December 2011 to 24th October 2012
Ross County Assistant Manager 23rd November 2012 to 12th May 2014
 
Profile:
Another of the Dons young guns that played in the Gothenburg side. Likened to the great Franz Beckenbauer in his early days it was Cooper who along with Neil Simpson provided the graft in the sublime Dons midfield of the 80's.
Neale's career had many highlights, but perhaps the most talked about are his 1982 Cup Final goal against Glasgow Rangers when he charged down the ball and fired it into the empty net in the face of the massed opposition supporters. The other comes form a Pittodrie match against Glasgow Celtic when, having been wound up all week by his manager, he hammered into Carlie Nicholas within the centre circle at kick-off, barely three seconds into the game. The challenge was so early in the game that he got away scott free and left Charlie with a sporting memory that he may not have expected.

Neale's nickname of Tattie was well know to Dons' fans and the fact that he was a huge fun loving character who always had time to shake hands and chat with fans made him hugely popular around Aberdeen and the north east

Transferred to Aston Villa in 1986 for a 350,000 fee, Cooper went on to join Rangers and Dunfermline before eventually managing Ross County and later taking over at Hartlepool United, Gillingham. Peterhead and back to Hartlepool.
After management, Neale worked in Aberdeen and spent many match-days at Pittodrie engaged in corporate activities and egging on his beloved Dons.

Tragically, Neale died as a result of a fall in Aberdeen on 28th May 2018 aged only 54.

Senior Aberdeen Debut: show all appearances
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
23/10/1978
Arbroath Select 2-2 Aberdeen
Testimonial 1,200 14 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1985-86
20
3
0
3
1
0
5
0
0
6
0
0
34
4
0
2
0
0
1984-85
17
3
1
0
0
0
5
0
0
2
0
0
24
3
1
2
0
0
1983-84
25
1
0
8
0
0
5
1
1
8
1
0
46
3
1
4
0
0
1982-83
29
2
2
7
0
0
4
1
1
6
3
0
46
6
3
1
0
0
1981-82
22
5
3
8
0
1
5
0
1
5
1
0
40
6
5
2
0
1
1980-81
4
2
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
5
3
0
0
1
0
1978-79
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
Totals:
117
16
6
26
1
1
25
2
3
27
6
0
195
25
10
12
1
1
Total Appearances/Goals: 220 10