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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
    Season 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

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

    Club Fee Date
    IN  Ipswich Town Free July 1987
    OUT  Manchester City Unknown March 1989
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