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Rover of the Day: Terry Cooper

11 July 2020

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Terry Cooper born July 12, 1944 (there were no Rovers players born on July 11)

Yorkshireman Terry won a league title, a league cup and two Fairs Cups with Leeds United as well as winning 20 England caps and appearing in the 1970 World Cup. After a spell with Middlesbrough he was appointed player-manager of Bristol Rovers.

In October 1981 he was dismissed and his old Leeds captain, Billy Bremner, offered him the chance to join Rovers. He made his debut, aged 37, in a 0-3 defeat at Gillingham in October 1981. The experienced left-back helped Rovers to reach the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, knocking out Second Division Cambridge United on the way, and also to safety on Division Three.

He left Rovers to become player-manager of Bristol City and later managed Exeter City and Birmingham City before moving into scouting. His son, Mark, is currently manager of Forest Green Rovers. Terry made 23 senior appearances for Rovers.


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