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Paul Cooper

Full name: Paul David Cooper
Birthdate: 21.12.1953
Birthplace: Brierley Hill
Position: Goalkeeper
Joined from: Ipswich Town
Signed by: Bryan Hamilton
Nationality: England
First game: Crystal Palace, 12.09.1987
Last game: Portsmouth, 14.01.1989
Games: 70
Goals: 0
Player Profile

Shot-stopper Cooper made his name thanks to featuring over 500 times for Ipswich Town, helping the Tractor Boys to FA Cup and UEFA Cup victories before City snapped him up on a free transfer in July 1987.

He started his career as a striker, something that won him trials at Shrewsbury Town, but his talents in goal were quickly noted and his performances between the sticks were eventually enough to earn him a move to Birmingham City. Although not number one, he featured numerous times for the Blues in their Division Two promotion-winning team of 1972.

He couldn't make the number one jersey his own at Birmingham and Ipswich took advantage. Following a thirteen-year stay at Portman Road, which included a testimonial season, he made the move to City and was a regular starter in his first year at the club. City signed Martin Hodge, seemingly to replace the veteran goalkeeper, the following year but an injury to Hodge meant he remained City number one for the early part of the season.

Following Hodge's recovery, however, City boss David Pleat allowed Cooper to move on to Manchester City in March 1989 and help them to a promotion success of their own. He finished his professional career with Stockport County.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1987-88Division Two (old)32---4---3-39-
1987_368_
1988-89Division Two (old)24-1-5---1-31-
1988_368_
Total56-1-9---4-70 -
_368_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 12.09.1987 1 - 2 Crystal Palace (A) Division Two (old)
2 16.09.1987 4 - 1 Oldham Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
3 19.09.1987 4 - 0 Plymouth Argyle (H) Division Two (old)
4 23.09.1987 2 - 1 Scunthorpe United (H) League Cup 2 leg 1
5 26.09.1987 3 - 2 Bournemouth (A) Division Two (old)
6 30.09.1987 1 - 1 Ipswich Town (H) Division Two (old)
7 03.10.1987 2 - 4 Manchester City (A) Division Two (old)
8 06.10.1987 2 - 1 Scunthorpe United (A) League Cup 2 leg 2
9 10.10.1987 0 - 0 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old)
10 17.10.1987 1 - 2 Sheffield United (A) Division Two (old)
11 21.10.1987 3 - 0 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division Two (old)
12 24.10.1987 2 - 2 Hull City (A) Division Two (old)
13 28.10.1987 0 - 0 Oxford United (A) League Cup 3
14 31.10.1987 1 - 2 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
15 04.11.1987 2 - 3 Oxford United (H) League Cup 3 rep
16 07.11.1987 3 - 2 Swindon Town (H) Division Two (old)
17 10.11.1987 1 - 0 Huddersfield Town (H) Members Cup 1
18 14.11.1987 2 - 2 Birmingham City (A) Division Two (old)
19 21.11.1987 0 - 2 Bradford City (H) Division Two (old)
20 28.11.1987 0 - 1 Huddersfield Town (A) Division Two (old)
21 01.12.1987 2 - 1 Charlton Athletic (A) Members Cup 2
22 05.12.1987 0 - 0 Middlesbrough (H) Division Two (old)
23 12.12.1987 0 - 2 Oldham Athletic (A) Division Two (old)
24 19.01.1988 0 - 0 Stoke City (H) Members Cup 3
25 13.02.1988 3 - 2 Leeds United (H) Division Two (old)
26 20.02.1988 2 - 0 Ipswich Town (A) Division Two (old)
27 27.02.1988 1 - 0 Manchester City (H) Division Two (old)
28 05.03.1988 1 - 0 Sheffield United (H) Division Two (old)
29 12.03.1988 1 - 1 Barnsley (A) Division Two (old)
30 16.03.1988 1 - 1 Stoke City (H) Division Two (old)
31 19.03.1988 3 - 3 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
32 26.03.1988 2 - 1 Hull City (H) Division Two (old)
33 02.04.1988 2 - 3 Swindon Town (A) Division Two (old)
34 05.04.1988 2 - 0 Birmingham City (H) Division Two (old)
35 09.04.1988 1 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division Two (old)
36 23.04.1988 1 - 0 Reading (H) Division Two (old)
37 30.04.1988 1 - 4 Bradford City (A) Division Two (old)
38 02.05.1988 3 - 0 Huddersfield Town (H) Division Two (old)
39 07.05.1988 2 - 1 Middlesbrough (A) Division Two (old)
40 29.08.1988 0 - 3 Portsmouth (A) Division Two (old)
41 03.09.1988 3 - 2 Birmingham City (A) Division Two (old)
42 10.09.1988 0 - 1 Ipswich Town (H) Division Two (old)
43 17.09.1988 1 - 1 Oxford United (A) Division Two (old)
44 21.09.1988 1 - 0 Plymouth Argyle (H) Division Two (old)
45 24.09.1988 2 - 2 Watford (H) Division Two (old)
46 28.09.1988 4 - 1 Watford (H) League Cup 2 leg 1
47 01.10.1988 1 - 2 Chelsea (A) Division Two (old)
48 04.10.1988 2 - 2 Hull City (A) Division Two (old)
49 08.10.1988 1 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion (H) Division Two (old)
50 11.10.1988 2 - 2 Watford (A) League Cup 2 leg 2
51 15.10.1988 2 - 0 Stoke City (H) Division Two (old)
52 22.10.1988 1 - 1 Leeds United (A) Division Two (old)
53 26.10.1988 3 - 3 Swindon Town (H) Division Two (old)
54 29.10.1988 0 - 3 Shrewsbury Town (A) Division Two (old)
55 02.11.1988 2 - 0 Norwich City (H) League Cup 3
56 05.11.1988 0 - 0 Manchester City (H) Division Two (old)
57 08.11.1988 0 - 2 Watford (A) Members Cup 1
58 12.11.1988 1 - 0 Walsall (A) Division Two (old)
59 19.11.1988 2 - 4 Crystal Palace (A) Division Two (old)
60 26.11.1988 1 - 0 Bradford City (H) Division Two (old)
61 30.11.1988 0 - 0 Nottingham Forest (H) League Cup 4
62 03.12.1988 1 - 1 Oldham Athletic (A) Division Two (old)
63 10.12.1988 3 - 1 Sunderland (H) Division Two (old)
64 14.12.1988 1 - 2 Nottingham Forest (A) League Cup 4 rep
65 17.12.1988 0 - 3 Barnsley (A) Division Two (old)
66 26.12.1988 0 - 1 Bournemouth (H) Division Two (old)
67 31.12.1988 4 - 0 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
68 02.01.1989 0 - 2 Ipswich Town (A) Division Two (old)
69 07.01.1989 0 - 1 Manchester City (A) FA Cup 3
70 14.01.1989 2 - 1 Portsmouth (H) Division Two (old)

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  Ipswich Town Free July 1987
OUT  Manchester City Unknown March 1989
Player 199 of 1145 ordered a-z

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