Mick Coop

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Mick Coop
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Full nameMichael Anthony Coop [1]
Date of birth (1948-07-10) 10 July 1948 (age 70)
Place of birth Grimsby, England
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1963–1966 Coventry City
Senior career*
1966–1981 Coventry City 425 (18)
1974–1975York City (loan) 4 (0)
1979Detroit Express (loan) 13 (0)
1981–1982 Derby County 18 (2)
AP Leamington
Teams managed
Coventry City (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Michael Anthony Coop (born 10 July 1948) is an English former professional footballer, who played as a right back.

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Born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, Coop grew up in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, where he was an excellent school boy cricketer and footballer. He joined Coventry City F.C. as an apprentice in 1962. In January 1966, he turned professional with Coventry and soon made his first team debut. A run of poor form during the 1974-1975 season led to the exciting Graham Oakey replacing him on the back line and Coop went on loan to York City F.C. for four games. When he returned to Coventry, he regained his starting position.

Grimsby seaport in Lincolnshire, England

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In the summer of 1979, Coventry sent him on loan to the Detroit Express of the North American Soccer League. In July 1981, he transferred to Derby County F.C. for £20,000 where he played half a season before retiring in January 1982. [2] He later played a few games for AP Leamington. After retirement he worked as a coach at Coventry City and was an antiques dealer.

Detroit Express association football club

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He and his wife live in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire. [3]

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  2. Top flight dazzlers: The greatest Coventry City player ever
  3. Caught in Time: Coventry win the Second Division title, 1967
  4. "Coventry City | Club | History | History | Hall of Fame". 2012-07-22. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 2015-08-22.