Wednesday 22 May 2019

Dons legend Cooper dies

Neale Cooper who has died aged 54. Photo: PA Wire
Neale Cooper who has died aged 54. Photo: PA Wire

Neale Cooper, one of Aberdeen's European Cup Winners' Cup heroes, has died after being found injured outside his home, the club have confirmed.

Cooper, who was 54, was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in the early hours of Sunday morning but lost his fight for life yesterday afternoon.

Aberdeen wrote on their Twitter account: "The club is deeply shocked and saddened to hear that our legendary midfielder and Gothenburg Great, Neale Cooper has tragically passed away."

Cooper was in Alex Ferguson's team which beat Real Madrid 2-1 in Gothenburg in May 1983 before overcoming Hamburg later that year to clinch the European Super Cup.

He also won two league winners' medals following the Dons' championship triumphs of 1984 and 1985, while he won the Scottish Cup four times and League Cup once. The combative midfielder also played for Aston Villa, Rangers, Reading - although injury hampered his progress at all three clubs - and had a second spell with the Dons.

After spells at Dunfermline and Ross County he managed Hartlepool, Gillingham and Peterhead.

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