Position: Central Midfield
DoB: 18th March 1975
Transfer Details: John Murphy's last and probably best signing
for City in March '96 for an undisclosed fee later quoted as
£6,000 from C@#ltenham Town.
City Debut: Vs. VS Rugby(h) BHLPD, 2nd March 1996, Drew 1-1.
1995/6: 12(2) Apps, 0 Goals
1996/7: 52(5) Apps, 1 Goal
1997/8: 48(5) Apps, 0 Goals
Totals: 112(12) Apps, 1 Goal
Previous Clubs: Ch@#tenham, Dorchester(loan),
Gloucester City, Dorchester Town
Honours: Beazer Homes (now DML) Premier Division R-up
92/3, 93/4 & 94/5, FA Trophy Semi's 96/7, City Player of the
Year 96/7, Southern League XI 97/8
Pen Pic: Coops made himself a firm fans favourite, as
demonstrated by the 1996/7 Player of the Year award. The pint-size
the engine room of the City side that reached the Trophy semi's, his tigerish ferocity and
all action style often leaving his crisp passing un-noticed.
However his sensational form and tough tackling commitment soon became forgotten with
Coops seeming jaded the following season, a situation that
undoubtedly contributed to the Tigers disappointing 97/8
campaign. A lack of goals didn't help his cause, but even so his eventual
departure was a great loss. Was placed on the transfer list in March
1998 but eventually left under a Bosman free in May, returning to
league rivals Dorchester Town who he claimed were more ambitious
then financially stricken City. Struggled to make much of an impression at the
Dorset club and could do with a return to Meadow Park.