Neil Cooper (footballer)

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Neil Cooper
Personal information
Full name Neil Cooper
Date of birth (1959-08-12) 12 August 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1979 Aberdeen 12 (1)
1979–1981 Barnsley 60 (6)
1981–1983 Grimsby Town 47 (2)
1983–1989 St Mirren 160 (2)
1989–1991 Hibernian 38 (0)
Total 325 (11)
Teams managed
2000–2003 Forfar Athletic
2017– Inverurie Loco Works
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Neil Cooper (born 12 August 1959)[1] is a Scottish former football player and current manager of Inverurie Loco Works of the Scottish Highland League.

Playing career[edit]

Cooper began his professional career with Aberdeen and made 12 appearances for the Dons. He moved to Barnsley in 1979, then played for Grimsby Town. He returned to Scotland in 1983 to play for St Mirren, where he was part of the team which won the Scottish Cup in 1987. He was voted man of the match during the 1987 Scottish Cup Final. He left St Mirren in 1989 to play for Hibernian for two years, before retiring in 1991.

Later career[edit]

After retiring from football, Neil Cooper returned to Aberdeen as part of the coaching staff, then became Assistant Manager to Paul Hegarty during his short spell as manager in 1999. He left Aberdeen to manage Forfar Athletic from 2000–2003, before returning to Aberdeen in 2003 to become youth coach.[2]

In December 2010, Cooper was placed in temporary charge of Aberdeen following the departure of Mark McGhee.[3] Cooper then returned to a youth coaching role at Aberdeen.[4] He left the club at the end of the 2013–14 season.[4]

On 3 January 2017, Cooper become the manager at Inverurie Loco Works [5]



  1. ^ "Neil Cooper". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Management Team". Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Coaches placed in temporary charge". Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Aberdeen deals for Anderson, Robson & Low". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
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