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Neil Cooper Squad Index
Information:
1973-74 Squad Number:
6
Position:
Central Defender
Date of Birth:
12th August 1958
Birthplace:
Aberdeen
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 10 1/4
Weight:
11st 10lbs
Signed:
26th August 1974
Career History:
Hilton Academy
Aberdeen 26th August 1974
Barnsley 17th January 1980 35,000
Grimsby Town March 1982 35,000
St Mirren 18th November 1983 10,000
Hibernian 4th August 1989 30,000
Aberdeen 23rd September 1991, Assistant Manager 8th December 1998 to 23rd May 1999
Carlisle United first team coach
Forfar Athletic manager 21st November 2000 to 13th January 2003
Aberdeen January 2003 to May 2014 Head youth coach,
Caretaker Manger 1st December to 10th December 2010

Inverurie Locos Manager 3rd January 2017-
 
Profile:
As a player, Neil struggled to get a first team game at Pittodrie because his fellow central defenders were the likes of Willie Miller, Willie Garner and Alex McLeish. However, he had a big influence on the players when he returned to Pittodrie and in particular coached the youth team, often playing in reserve matches so that he could influence the players on the pitch.
Became a manager in his own right at Forfar Athletic and later at Inverurie Locos.

Senior Aberdeen Debut: show all appearances
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
04/03/1975
Airdrie 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 16 Sub

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
1993-94
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1979-80
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
3
0
1
1978-79
3
4
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
3
6
1
2
3
2
1977-78
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
1976-77
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
1
1975-76
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
1974-75
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
Totals:
6
6
1
3
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
9
8
1
8
3
4
Total Appearances/Goals: 17 1