Steve Cooper (footballer, born 1964)

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Steve Cooper
Personal information
Full nameStephen Brian Cooper [1]
Date of birth(1964-06-22)22 June 1964 [1]
Place of birth Birmingham, [1] England
Date of death 15 February 2004(2004-02-15) (aged 39)
Place of death Birmingham, England
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
1982–1984 Birmingham City 0 (0)
1983–1984Halifax Town (loan) 7 (1)
1984NAC Breda (loan) 3 (1)
1984–1985 Newport County 38 (11)
1985–1988 Plymouth Argyle 73 (15)
1988–1990 Barnsley 77 (13)
1990–1993 Tranmere Rovers 32 (3)
1992Peterborough United (loan) 9 (0)
1992–1993Wigan Athletic (loan) 4 (0)
1993–1994 York City 38 (6)
1994–1999 Airdrieonians 133 (42)
1999–2000 Ayr United 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stephen Brian Cooper (22 June 1964 – 15 February 2004) was an English footballer who played as a forward. Best known for his time spent with Airdrieonians, his headed goal in the semi-final at Hampden against Hearts ensured that his side made it to the 1995 Scottish Cup final and he played the full 90 minutes against Celtic as the Diamonds lost 1–0 to a Pierre van Hooijdonk goal. [2] [3]

Before joining Airdrie, Cooper played for a number of clubs in England, most notably Tranmere Rovers, where he scored twice in Tranmere's successful playoff campaign in 1991 through which the club were promoted to the First Division, [4] and also scored in the club's 3–2 defeat against Cooper's former club Birmingham City in the Associate Members' Cup Final, also in 1991. [5] In 1984, he had a loan spell in the Netherlands with NAC Breda. [6]

For Peterborough United, Cooper came off the bench to score a late diving header to win the 1992 Third Division play-off semi-final second leg against Huddersfield Town. [7] [8]

He was inducted into the Airdrie United Hall of Fame in 2004 as recognition of his service to the club. [9]

He died in his sleep at his home in Yardley, Birmingham, on 15 February 2004, having unknowingly cracked his skull in a fall. [10] [11]

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