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Born: 22 June 1964
Came from: Newport County Went to: Barnsley
First game: 17 August 1985 Last game: 07 May 1988
Appearances: 85 (65/20) Goals: 16
It was no doubt as a schoolboy gymnast that Cooper developed his prodigious leap and tremendous agility, resulting in his trademark soaring headers on the football field. The Birmingham-born forward made his league debut for Halifax Town in the 1983-84 season, on loan from Birmingham City, for whom he never made a league appearance. A brief loan spell followed at NEC Breda in Holland in 1984, before joining Argyle the following year from Newport County in a swap deal involving Gordon Staniforth.
'Coops' played a pivotal role in Dave Smith's promotion side, weighing in with 34(4) appearances and 8 goals, most notably a stunning diving header in a rare away win at Dean Court in April 1985. He left Argyle in 1988, later appearing for Barnsley and Tranmere Rovers, for whom he played at Wembley in the Leyland DAF final and scored the winner against his hometown club.
Cooper then had loan spells at Peterborough United and Wigan Athletic before a brief but successful time with York City. Five years at Airdrieonians followed, including a headed Scottish Cup semi-final winner in 1995 which took Airdrie to the final against Celtic, which they narrowly lost 1-0. He finished his career in Scotland with Ayr United in 2002.
Steve tragically died in his sleep in February 2004 at the aged of 39, whilst still involved in football as coach of Studley FC in Warwickshire. In that same year he was inducted into Airdrie’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his service to the club.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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