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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.

Appearances: show debut only
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
04/03/1975
Airdrie 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 16 Sub
04/10/1975
Rangers 1-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 22,000 17 Sub
21/04/1976
St. Johnstone 2-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 2,500 17 Start
14/08/1976
Aberdeen 2-0 Kilmarnock
League Cup G2 10,866 18 Start
18/08/1976
St. Mirren 2-3 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 4,500 18 Start
21/08/1976
Aberdeen 1-0 Ayr United
League Cup G2 9,695 18 Start
02/08/1977
Fraserburgh 3-0 Aberdeen
Benefit Match 900 18 Start
05/12/1977
Inverness Caledonian 2-4 Aberdeen
Benefit Match 1,750 19 Start
17/12/1977
Hibernian 2-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,601 19 Start
31/07/1978
Elgin City 0-5 Aberdeen
Friendly 19 Sub
02/08/1978
Buckie Thistle 0-2 Aberdeen
Friendly 19 Start
25/11/1978
Aberdeen 4-1 Hibernian
Premier Division 13,250 20 Sub
13/12/1978
Aberdeen 1-0 Hibernian
League Cup SF 21,048 20 Sub
23/12/1978
Heart of Midlothian 0-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 9,500 20 Start
30/12/1978
Aberdeen 1-2 Morton
Premier Division 8,700 20 Sub
16/01/1979
Belenenses 0-5 Aberdeen
Friendly 20 Sub
20/01/1979
Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,100 20 Sub
24/01/1979
Buckie Thistle 0-3 Aberdeen
Friendly 20 Start
21/02/1979
Aberdeen 6-2 Ayr United
Scottish Cup R4 11,500 20 Sub
04/04/1979
Morton 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,500 20 Start
07/04/1979
Aberdeen 0-0 Hibernian
Premier Division 10,000 20 Start
11/05/1979
Partick Thistle 1-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,000 20 Sub
14/05/1979
Ross County - Brora Rangers Select 0-2 Aberdeen
Testimonial 2,000 20 Sub
21/07/1979
Skovbakken 0-7 Aberdeen
Danish Tour 20 Start
29/07/1979
Fraserburgh 2-3 Aberdeen
Testimonial 1,200 20 Start
30/07/1979
Buckie Thistle 0-1 Aberdeen
Friendly 20 Start
11/08/1979
Partick Thistle 1-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,500 20 Start
21/02/1994
Aberdeen 2-1 Huntly
Friendly 35 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
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