A tribute to Terry Cooper

By SFC Media time Sun 01 Aug Club
Photo by Holley Collection | Boersma, Souness, Cooper

Southampton Football Club is saddened to learn of the passing of Terry Cooper, aged 77.

An England international in his playing days, he was a classy and dependable left-back who won 20 caps between 1969 and 1974.

A Leeds legend, Terry racked up 351 appearances for the Whites, scoring the winning goal in the 1968 League Cup final against Arsenal and was a key member of the First Division title triumph the following season.

Later playing for Middlesbrough, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Doncaster, Terry also managed both Bristol clubs in the 1980s, before taking charge of Exeter and Birmingham.

His first allegiance to Southampton came when he joined the club as an assistant to Graeme Souness in 1996/97 along with Phil Boersma, with the trio having first crossed paths as teammates at Middlesbrough two decades prior.

Terry stayed with the club even after Souness’s departure, serving as a longstanding scout operating mainly in Europe, where his eye for a player helped Saints beat rival clubs to many successful signings.

The thoughts of everybody at Southampton FC are with Terry’s family and loved ones.

Terry Cooper square

TERRY COOPER
12 July 1944 – 31 July 2021

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