Liam Cooper

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Liam Cooper
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Cooper with Hull City in 2012
Personal information
Full name Liam David Ian Cooper[1]
Date of birth (1991-08-30) 30 August 1991 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[3]
Playing position Centre Back / Left Back
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 32
Youth career
0000?–2008 Hull City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Hull City 11 (0)
2011 Carlisle United (loan) 7 (1)
2011 Huddersfield Town (loan) 4 (0)
2012–2013 Chesterfield (loan) 10 (1)
2013–2014 Chesterfield 60 (4)
2014– Leeds United 29 (1)
National team
2008 Scotland U17 5 (0)
2009 Scotland U19 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:26, 3 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Liam David Ian Cooper (born 30 August 1991) is a professional footballer who plays for Championship side Leeds United as a centre back but can also play as a left back. He is a former Scotland U19 international. He is the current Captain of Leeds United

Club career[edit]

Hull City[edit]

Born in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire,[4] Cooper attended Malet Lambert school and joined Hull City at Under-12 level.[5] He was in the youth team that won the Football League Youth Alliance Cup Final against Colchester 3–0, scoring the opening goal but later being sent off for a deliberate handball.[6]

On 26 August 2008 he made his first team debut for Hull against Swansea City in the Football League Cup.[4] On 30 August 2008, on his 17th birthday, he signed professional terms with the club, and featured on the bench as an unused substitute for the Premier League game against Wigan Athletic.[7] He made his first Premier League start on 26 September 2009 at Anfield in the 6–1 defeat by Liverpool.[8] Cooper signed a new three-year contract at the KC Stadium in March 2010.[9]

On 1 December 2011, after being left out of the squad to play Charlton Athletic, Cooper asked for his loan to be terminated, so he could try and gain a place in new manager Nick Barmby's setup. Huddersfield agreed, and he returned to the KC Stadium.[10] At the end of March, Hull City captain, Jack Hobbs suffered a cruciate ligament rupture and ruled him out until Christmas 2012. Cooper filled the void, building a solid partnership with James Chester in the remaining few games of the campaign.

Loan spells[edit]

Having made three first team appearances for the 2010–11 season with little opportunity, Cooper was sent on loan to League One side Carlisle United on 10 January 2011 for a month long loan, as part of the deal which saw James Chester end his loan spell with Carlisle and join Hull City from Manchester United.[11] The loan spell came to an early end when he sustained a hand injury in February in the match against Huddersfield Town.[12] Following a return from injury, on 4 March 2011, Carlisle signed him on a further month loan with the option to extend it for the remainder of the season.[12] Cooper decided to return to Hull at the end of the month loan rather than staying for the remainder of the season.[13]

On 8 July 2011, he joined League One club Huddersfield Town on a season-long loan.[14] After making his full debut in the League Cup match against Port Vale in August,[15] he made his league debut as a substitute in the 2–2 draw against Leyton Orient at the Galpharm Stadium on 24 September 2011.[16] His first league start came a week later on 1 October 2011 in the 4–0 away win over Brentford followed by second star 3 days later on 4 October 2011 in the Football League Trophy second round exit to local rivals Bradford City when Cooper was taken off at half time due to injury.[17] Cooper loan spell with Huddersfield Town came to an end on 2 December 2011.[18]


Cooper joined Chesterfield on 1 November 2012, on a months loan deal. Manager, Paul Cook said: "We are delighted with the signing of Liam Cooper. He is a player that attracts a lot of interest from clubs, and not just in this division."[19]

Cooper scored on his debut in a 2–1 win over Oxford United on 16 November 2012.[20] Cooper scored again a few weeks later on 28 November 2012, in a 2–1 loss against Tranmere Rovers in the second round of the FA Cup.[21] The following month, Cooper loan spell at Chesterfield was extended until 5 January 2013.[22]

On 5 January 2013, Cooper signed a 2 and a half-year contract with the Spireites for an undisclosed fee[23] and played less than an hour later in a 2–1 loss to Wycombe Wanderers.[24] He scored his first goal for the club as a full Chesterfield player in a 2–1 loss against Torquay United on 19 March 2013.[25] Cooper made 31 appearances and scored three times in all competitions since becoming a permanent signing in the 2012–13 season.

Despite picking up a pre-season injury and missing the first 3 games, he formed a solid defensive partnership with Sam Hird early on in the 2013–14 season.[26] Cooper then scored his first goal of the season on 12 October 2013, as they drew 1–1 with Fleetwood Town.[27] He later scored his second, in a 4–1 win over Cheltenham Town on 25 February 2014.[28] Chesterfield made it to the Football League Trophy Final, where he started and played the whole match where Chesterfield lost 3–1 to Peterborough United.[29] Cooper would overcome the final loss to score in a 2–1 win over Hartlepool United on 12 April 2014; keeping the club in the League Two title race.[30] Cooper helped earn promotion to League 1, with Cooper forming a formidable centre defence partnership with Ian Evatt to help Chesterfield become the League 2 Champions. At the end of the season, Cooper was named in the PFA Team of the Year along with two other Chesterfield players.[31]

On 30 July 2014, after speculation linking him to Leeds United, Leeds confirmed that they had had 2 separate bids rejected by Chesterfield to sign Cooper.[32] On 12 August 2014 both Chesterfield and Leeds United announced that a transfer fee had been agreed, subject to passing a medical and personal terms being agreed [33]

Leeds United[edit]

On 13 August 2014, Cooper was sold for an undisclosed fee reported to be between £500,000 and £750,000,[34] and signed a three-year contract at Leeds United.[35] Cooper made his debut on 16 August, helping Leeds keep a clean sheet in Leeds' 1–0 victory against Middlesbrough after a goal by Billy Sharp.[36]

On 8 November, Cooper scored his first goal for Leeds with a long range volley against Blackpool in a 3-1 win.[37] After an injury to then Captain Stephen Warnock, Cooper was named as the Captain in Leeds' FA Cup 1-0 defeat against Sunderland A.F.C. on 4 January 2015, with Redfearn describing him as a 'natural leader'.[38] [39] After the subsequent sale of Stephen Warnock to Derby County, Head Coach Neil Redfearn revealed that Cooper would be the new permanent captain.[40]

International career[edit]

In March 2008, he was called up to Scotland U17's for the second phase of their European qualifying campaign.[41] He was also capped by Scotland U19 in 2009.



Hull City
  • Supporters club young player of the year 2007–08 (with Jamie Devitt)
  • 2013–14 Football League Two PFA Team of the Year




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  2. ^ "Player Profiles". Hull City A.F.C. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Profiles – Liam Cooper". Paramus Catholic Athletics. Archived from the original on 6 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Breaking news: Cooper called up for Tigers". Hull Daily Mail. 27 August 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Liam Cooper". City Magazine (37): page 50. September 2008. 
  6. ^ "City Youngsters Win Cup After 3–0 Win". Hull City A.F.C. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Cooper Signs Professional Contract". Hull City A.F.C. 30 August 2008. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Stevenson, Jonathan (26 September 2009). "Liverpool 6–1 Hull". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 19 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Cooper signs new deal". Sky Sports. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Hull City's Liam Cooper back early from Terriers loan". BBC Sport (BBC). 1 December 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Carlisle United sign Liam Cooper and Liam Noble". BBC Sport (BBC). 10 January 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Carlisle re-sign defender Liam Cooper on loan". BBC Sport (BBC). 4 March 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "Cooper Heads Home". Carlisle United F.C. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "Town Sign Cooper on Season Loan". Huddersfield Town F.C. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Port Vale 2–4 Huddersfield". BBC Sport (BBC). 9 August 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Huddersfield 2 – 2 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport (BBC). 24 September 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  17. ^ "Match Report: Huddersfield Town 2- 2 Bradford City". Huddersfield Town F.C. 4 October 2011. Archived from the original on 14 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Loan defender Liam Cooper returns to Hull City from Huddersfield Town". The Examiner. 2 December 2011. Archived from the original on 14 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Spirities swoop for Cooper". Sky Sports News (Transfer centre) (Sky Sports News). 1 November 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  20. ^ "Chesterfield 2–1 Oxford United". BBC Sport. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Tranmere 2–1 Chesterfield". BBC Sport. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Hull City's Liam Cooper to stay at Chesterfield until January". This is Hull and East Riding. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  23. ^ "Chesterfield sign Liam Cooper from Hull City". Sky Sports. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Wycombe 2–1 Chesterfield". BBC Sport. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Slow Start Costs Spireites At Plainmoor". Chesterfield F.C. 19 March 2013. Archived from the original on 14 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "Cooper Hails Spireites Quality". Chesterfield F.C. 20 August 2013. Archived from the original on 14 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Fleetwood Town 1–1 Chesterfield". BBC Sport. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "Cheltenham Town 1–4 Chesterfield". BBC Sport. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Spireites Defeated at Wembley". Chesterfield F.C. 30 March 2014. Archived from the original on 14 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Spireites Edge Past Pools". Chesterfield F.C. 12 April 2014. Archived from the original on 14 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "League Two Team of the Year 2014". The PFA Official Website. 27 April 2014. Archived from the original on 14 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "UNITED END COOPER INTEREST: Second bid rejected for defender...". Leeds United F.C. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  33. ^ "Fee Agreed For Defender". Leeds United F.C. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  34. ^ "LEEDS COMPLETE BELLUSCI DEAL AND AGREE TERMS FOR LIAM COOPER". The Scratching Shed. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  35. ^ "Cooper Signs On". Leeds United F.C. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  36. ^ "DEBUTANT SHARP BLUNTS BORO". Leeds United Official Site. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  37. ^ "UNITED TOO STRONG FOR BLACKPOOL". Leeds United Official Site. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  38. ^ "Sunderland 1 Leeds 0". Sky Sports. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  39. ^ "Leeds United: Liam is developing into a real leader says Redfearn". Yorkshire Evening Post. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  40. ^ "Leeds United: Defender Cooper looks set to be Whites’ new captain". Yorkshire Evening Post. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  41. ^ Cooper earns international call – Yahoo! Eurosport UK[dead link]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Stephen Warnock
Leeds United captain
Succeeded by