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ONE OF rugby league’s “characters”, Gary Cooper, has died, aged 80.

A full-back or centre, Cooper had great success as a player for Featherstone Rovers and Wakefield Trinity in the 1950s and 60s and went on to coach York.

The brother of former Hull chairwoman Kath Hetherington - and therefore Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington’s brother in law - Cooper joined Rovers from Featherstone Juniors in 1958.

He went on to make 187 appearances for the club, scoring 43 tries and nine goals and was captain for a spell in 1960.

He was a Great Britain tourist in 1962, making 16 appearances though not featuring in the Test side and was signed by Trinity in 1966 for a £3,000 fee.

Cooper played in Trinity’s 1967 Championship final win over St Helens and received the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match when Wakefield retained the title by beating Hull KR the following year.

He also played in the 1968 Watersplash Challenge Cup final defeat by Leeds at Wembley.

After hanging up his boots, Cooper coached York between 1974 and 1976.

RIP SOUPER DOUPER

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A very good player and a great attacking fullback. The last of trinity's three great fullback of the sixties, others being Gerry round and don metcalfe .

Hardly any of my childhood heroes left.

RIP gary

 

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Was only in my childhood when he was in his and Trinity's pomp but like the team seemed that bit special and always seemed to have that little bit extra time in everything he did which made them standout from the rest.

RIP

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That's a great shame, loved him in Sergeant York.

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Rest in Peace Gary Cooper

One of my great favorites as a lad, fast, skillful and exciting. He always seemed to create plenty of room to run into. One of three Garys in the Featherstone Rovers back line at one point, along with Gary Jordan and Gary Waterworth.

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30 minutes ago, Cerulean said:

Rest in Peace Gary Cooper

One of my great favorites as a lad, fast, skillful and exciting. He always seemed to create plenty of room to run into. One of three Garys in the Featherstone Rovers back line at one point, along with Gary Jordan and Gary Waterworth.

Sadly all three no longer with us.

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Sad news RIP


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