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Member of the Southport FC Former Players Association
Real Name: Gary Smethurst Cooper
Normal Position: Forward
Height: 6' 0
Weight: 11 st. 10 lbs
Born: 15/02/1955 (Horwich)

Gary CooperFrom the Football League Book:
As a centre-forward he appeared in the Cheshire League for his home-town club Horwich RMI when still only is. Discarded after an apprenticeship at Bolton Wanderers, he had a three months\' trial at Oldham under Walter Joyce, whose first signing he was when appointed manager at Rochdale. In 1975-76 he played in the side that took Norwich City to three replays in the fourth round of the F.A. Cup. He joined Southport as a part-timer on trial after being freed by Rochdale. He scored a spectacular goal in the League Cup-tie with Hull City when he hit home a vicious dipping volley from 3o yards. He was signed on for the season, but suffered two ankle injuries which limited his first team opportunities. He did have the honour of scoring Southport\'s very last League goal in their 2200th game.
He re-joined Southport in 1981 and was a regular scorer in their Northern Premier League team notching 21 N.P.L. goals in his first season. He stayed on as a popular crowd-pleaser for two more years, accumulating 103 full N.P.L. appearances. He works at British Aerospace and has tried his luck in the USA in recent years.
Player Profile reproduced with Permission from:
The Sandgrounders: The Complete League History of Southport F. C., by Michael Braham and Geoff Wilde (Palatine Books, 1995). ISBN 978-1-874181-14-9



From The Non-League Book:
Scorer of arguably the greatest goal ever seen at Haig Avenue in the Football League days in the 2-2 draw with Hull City in the League Cup 1977/78 season. Gary made 81 Football League appearances for Rochdale and 13 league appearances (plus 7 as sub) for Southport before returning to the club in the 1981/82 season and going on to make a further 103 starts plus 13 as sub. He netted 46 goals in that time. His hat-trick in the 4-1 win at Marine in the 81/82 season was one of the highlights of his time at the club.
As well as a claim for the greatest ever goal scored at Haig Avenue �Coops� also has the distinction of scoring our last ever Football League goal, one of five Football League goals he netted. His final season was hit by injury with two bad ankle injuries restricting his appearances which was a blow as he showed great promise in every game he played
Started out as a centre forward for his home town club Horwich RMI as a 15 year old.

Player Profile reproduced with Permission from:
The Complete Non-League History of Southport Football Club 1978 - 2008, by Trust in Yellow (Legends Publishing, 2008). ISBN 978-1-906796-01-3


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Statistics include the following competitions
FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, League, PLAY OFFS , Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1982/1983 38316
1981/1982 35522
1983/1984 3017
1977/1978 1877
1984/1985 1265
Total 133 22 57


Games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
22/12/1984 Northern Premier League Cup / 1R2LA MORECAMBE 3 - 4
11/12/1984 Lancashire Floodlit Trophy / GpA MARINE 0 - 2
08/12/1984 Lancashire Junior CupA MORECAMBE 0 - 3
04/12/1984 Lancashire Floodlit Trophy / GpA SKELMERSDALE UNITED 3 - 0
01/12/1984 LeagueH MATLOCK TOWN 2 - 3
28/11/1984 FA Trophy / 2QA WORKSOP TOWN 1 - 6
27/11/1984 Lancashire Floodlit Trophy / GpH MARINE 3 - 0
21/11/1984 Liverpool Senior Cup / 1H KIRKBY TOWN 1 - 2
14/11/1984 FA Trophy / 1QA MEXBOROUGH 4 - 1
06/11/1984 LeagueA OSWESTRY TOWN 2 - 5
03/11/1984 LeagueA GOOLE TOWN 2 - 2
30/10/1984 LeagueH WITTON ALBION 5 - 2
27/10/1984 LeagueH BANGOR CITY 1 - 1
24/10/1984 LeagueA WORKINGTON 1 - 2
09/10/1984 LeagueH CHORLEY 0 - 1
06/10/1984 LeagueA GRANTHAM TOWN 2 - 0
18/09/1984 LeagueA MARINE 0 - 3
15/09/1984 FA Cup / 1QA LEYLAND MOTORS 4 - 0
11/09/1984 LeagueH MOSSLEY 2 - 1
08/09/1984 LeagueA STAFFORD RANGERS 2 - 0
04/09/1984 LeagueA MORECAMBE 1 - 1
01/09/1984 LeagueH MACCLESFIELD TOWN 2 - 2
27/08/1984 LeagueH WORKINGTON 1 - 0
25/08/1984 LeagueA BURTON ALBION 0 - 3
21/08/1984 LeagueA RHYL 5 - 0
04/08/1984 Cambrian CupA BURSCOUGH 2 - 1
28/07/1984 Cambrian CupA SKELMERSDALE UNITED 1 - 1
28/04/1984 LeagueH MACCLESFIELD TOWN 2 - 0
23/04/1984 LeagueH MARINE 3 - 0
21/04/1984 LeagueA MORECAMBE 2 - 1
14/04/1984 LeagueH WORKSOP TOWN 1 - 1
07/04/1984 LeagueH SOUTH LIVERPOOL 1 - 0
01/04/1984 LeagueA WORKSOP TOWN 1 - 0
31/03/1984 LeagueA GRANTHAM TOWN 0 - 3
24/03/1984 LeagueH HORWICH RMI 2 - 2
25/02/1984 LeagueA MATLOCK TOWN 0 - 1
18/02/1984 LeagueA MOSSLEY 2 - 2
11/02/1984 Liverpool Senior Cup / 2H ST HELENS TOWN 2 - 0
07/02/1984 Lancashire Floodlit Trophy / GpA LEYLAND MOTORS 3 - 1
21/01/1984 Northern Premier League Cup / 1R2LA BARROW 1 - 1
18/01/1984 Lancashire Floodlit Trophy / GpH SKELMERSDALE UNITED 1 - 3
31/12/1983 Northern Premier League Cup / 1R1LH BARROW 1 - 3
26/12/1983 LeagueH MORECAMBE 0 - 2
21/12/1983 LeagueH WORKINGTON 1 - 1
17/12/1983 LeagueA OSWESTRY TOWN 3 - 2
13/12/1983 Lancashire Floodlit TrophyA MARINE 2 - 0
10/12/1983 LeagueA RHYL 0 - 0
07/12/1983 LeagueH HYDE UNITED 2 - 1
03/12/1983 LeagueH MOSSLEY 4 - 2
30/11/1983 FA Trophy / 2QRH WORKINGTON 0 - 1
26/11/1983 FA Trophy / 2QA WORKINGTON 0 - 0
22/11/1983 Lancashire Floodlit Trophy / GpA SKELMERSDALE UNITED 3 - 0
19/11/1983 LeagueA STAFFORD RANGERS 0 - 4
16/11/1983 Lancashire Floodlit Trophy / GpH MARINE 2 - 1
12/11/1983 LeagueH CHORLEY 0 - 4
09/11/1983 Liverpool Senior Cup / 1H SKELMERSDALE UNITED 4 - 3
05/11/1983 LeagueA MACCLESFIELD TOWN 0 - 2
01/11/1983 LeagueA CHORLEY 2 - 1
29/10/1983 LeagueH GRANTHAM TOWN 0 - 1
15/10/1983 FA Cup / 3QA HORWICH RMI 1 - 2
10/10/1983 LeagueH RHYL 3 - 0
08/10/1983 LeagueA BUXTON 2 - 3
05/10/1983 LeagueH OSWESTRY TOWN 3 - 3
27/09/1983 LeagueA MARINE 2 - 5
24/09/1983 LeagueH GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 2 - 1
20/09/1983 LeagueA BURTON ALBION 1 - 3
17/09/1983 FA Cup / 1QA RADCLIFFE BOROUGH 3 - 1
14/09/1983 LeagueH WITTON ALBION 2 - 1
10/09/1983 LeagueA HYDE UNITED 3 - 0
30/07/1983 Cambrian CupA SKELMERSDALE UNITED 0 - 1
30/04/1983 LeagueA BUXTON 1 - 4
23/04/1983 LeagueA OSWESTRY TOWN 2 - 2
16/04/1983 LeagueH KINGS LYNN 0 - 1
13/04/1983 LeagueH GRANTHAM TOWN 0 - 2
09/04/1983 LeagueA HYDE UNITED 0 - 3
04/04/1983 LeagueH SOUTH LIVERPOOL 2 - 3
02/04/1983 LeagueA MACCLESFIELD TOWN 2 - 3
30/03/1983 LeagueH GATESHEAD 0 - 2
26/03/1983 LeagueH BURTON ALBION 2 - 1
19/03/1983 LeagueA MORECAMBE 1 - 1
12/03/1983 LeagueA GATESHEAD 0 - 2
04/03/1983 Lancashire Junior Cup / 3A HORWICH RMI 1 - 2
26/02/1983 LeagueH TAMWORTH 1 - 0
22/02/1983 Liverpool Senior Cup / 2A SOUTH LIVERPOOL 0 - 4
19/02/1983 LeagueA GRANTHAM TOWN 1 - 1
12/02/1983 Lancashire Junior Cup / 2H RADCLIFFE BOROUGH 2 - 1
05/02/1983 LeagueA GOOLE TOWN 2 - 1
29/01/1983 LeagueH MACCLESFIELD TOWN 0 - 2
25/01/1983 Lancashire Junior Cup / 1RH MARINE 1 - 0
22/01/1983 Lancashire Junior Cup / 1A MARINE 1 - 1
19/01/1983 LeagueH MORECAMBE 2 - 2
15/01/1983 LeagueH GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 4 - 2
08/01/1983 LeagueA BURTON ALBION 2 - 3
03/01/1983 LeagueH WITTON ALBION 1 - 2
01/01/1983 LeagueA MARINE 2 - 2
27/12/1982 LeagueH MARINE 2 - 1
19/12/1982 FA Trophy / 3QA SPENNYMOOR UNITED 0 - 5
12/12/1982 LeagueA WORKSOP TOWN 0 - 0
11/12/1982 LeagueA KINGS LYNN 0 - 0
04/12/1982 LeagueA MOSSLEY 4 - 1
27/11/1982 FA Trophy / 2QH GATESHEAD 2 - 0
20/11/1982 LeagueA NETHERFIELD 2 - 0
13/11/1982 LeagueH GOOLE TOWN 3 - 1
09/11/1982 Liverpool Senior Cup / 1H PRESCOT CABLES 2 - 1
06/11/1982 LeagueH HYDE UNITED 2 - 3
02/11/1982 LeagueA CHORLEY 1 - 1
12/10/1982 LeagueA WORKINGTON 2 - 2
09/10/1982 LeagueA MATLOCK TOWN 2 - 2
06/10/1982 LeagueH MOSSLEY 1 - 1
02/10/1982 LeagueH MATLOCK TOWN 1 - 2
18/09/1982 FA Cup / 1QA DARWEN 0 - 2
15/09/1982 President's Cup / 1R2LA BURTON ALBION 0 - 1
11/09/1982 LeagueH BUXTON 0 - 0
08/09/1982 LeagueA SOUTH LIVERPOOL 1 - 1
04/09/1982 FA Cup / PrlmA LYTHAM 2 - 1
30/08/1982 President's Cup / 1R1LH BURTON ALBION 0 - 0
28/08/1982 LeagueA TAMWORTH 3 - 2
25/08/1982 LeagueH WORKINGTON 1 - 2
21/08/1982 LeagueH WORKSOP TOWN 3 - 2
07/08/1982 Cambrian CupA MARINE 1 - 1
04/08/1982 Cambrian CupH BURSCOUGH 2 - 5
01/05/1982 LeagueA OSWESTRY TOWN 0 - 2
17/04/1982 LeagueH BURTON ALBION 2 - 1
12/04/1982 LeagueH LANCASTER CITY 2 - 3
09/04/1982 LeagueA WITTON ALBION 3 - 4
06/04/1982 LeagueA NETHERFIELD 3 - 1
04/04/1982 LeagueH BANGOR CITY 2 - 1
27/03/1982 LeagueH NETHERFIELD 0 - 2
15/03/1982 LeagueA TAMWORTH 3 - 0
13/03/1982 LeagueH GOOLE TOWN 2 - 0
06/03/1982 LeagueH GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 1 - 1
03/03/1982 LeagueH OSWESTRY TOWN 2 - 2
27/02/1982 LeagueA SOUTH LIVERPOOL 1 - 0
23/02/1982 LeagueA BUXTON 1 - 3
20/02/1982 LeagueH WORKINGTON 0 - 0
17/02/1982 LeagueH WITTON ALBION 2 - 1
13/02/1982 LeagueH MATLOCK TOWN 1 - 1
10/02/1982 Northern Premier League Cup / 3RH WORKINGTON 1 - 2
07/02/1982 LeagueA WORKSOP TOWN 1 - 1
06/02/1982 LeagueA KINGS LYNN 0 - 0
03/02/1982 Lancashire Junior Cup / 3A BARROW 0 - 1
30/01/1982 LeagueH BUXTON 0 - 1
26/01/1982 Northern Premier League Cup / 3A WORKINGTON 1 - 1
23/01/1982 LeagueA LANCASTER CITY 0 - 1
21/01/1982 Lancashire Junior Cup / 2RA SOUTH LIVERPOOL 2 - 1
02/01/1982 Lancashire Junior Cup / 2H SOUTH LIVERPOOL 1 - 1
12/12/1981 LeagueA GRANTHAM TOWN 1 - 2
05/12/1981 LeagueH MOSSLEY 1 - 0
28/11/1981 LeagueA MORECAMBE 0 - 0
24/11/1981 LeagueA MARINE 4 - 1
16/11/1981 Lancashire Junior Cup / 1A ROSSENDALE UNITED 1 - 0
14/11/1981 LeagueH WORKSOP TOWN 4 - 1
07/11/1981 LeagueH KINGS LYNN 1 - 1
03/11/1981 Liverpool Senior Cup / 1H PRESCOT CABLES 0 - 2
31/10/1981 LeagueA GOOLE TOWN 2 - 2
24/10/1981 FA Trophy / 1QA NANTWICH TOWN 1 - 2
17/10/1981 LeagueH GRANTHAM TOWN 2 - 1
13/10/1981 LeagueA MACCLESFIELD TOWN 1 - 1
10/10/1981 LeagueH GATESHEAD 2 - 0
06/10/1981 LeagueA BANGOR CITY 2 - 4
03/10/1981 LeagueA GATESHEAD 0 - 0
26/09/1981 Northern Premier League Cup / 2H GOOLE TOWN 3 - 1
22/09/1981 LeagueA BURTON ALBION 2 - 0
19/09/1981 FA Cup / 1QA DROYLSDEN 0 - 1
14/09/1981 Northern Premier League Cup / 1R2LA NETHERFIELD 2 - 1
12/09/1981 LeagueH MACCLESFIELD TOWN 2 - 2
08/09/1981 LeagueH SOUTH LIVERPOOL 1 - 1
05/09/1981 LeagueA MOSSLEY 2 - 4
31/08/1981 Northern Premier League Cup / 1R1LH NETHERFIELD 4 - 3
25/08/1981 LeagueH MORECAMBE 2 - 1
22/08/1981 LeagueA MATLOCK TOWN 4 - 1
18/08/1981 LeagueA WORKINGTON 2 - 3
15/08/1981 LeagueH TAMWORTH 1 - 1
29/04/1978 LeagueA WATFORD 2 - 3
25/04/1978 LeagueA GRIMSBY TOWN 0 - 2
22/04/1978 LeagueH HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 - 1
04/04/1978 LeagueH SWANSEA CITY 0 - 3
01/04/1978 LeagueA ROCHDALE 1 - 2
27/03/1978 LeagueH DARLINGTON 1 - 0
25/03/1978 LeagueA BARNSLEY 1 - 2
24/03/1978 LeagueH STOCKPORT COUNTY 2 - 0
18/03/1978 LeagueA HALIFAX TOWN 1 - 2
14/03/1978 LeagueH READING 1 - 1
11/03/1978 LeagueH BRENTFORD 1 - 3
02/01/1978 LeagueA ALDERSHOT 0 - 0
26/11/1977 FA Cup / 1H RUNCORN 2 - 2
19/11/1977 LeagueH NEWPORT COUNTY 3 - 3
05/11/1977 LeagueH ALDERSHOT 1 - 1
28/10/1977 LeagueA STOCKPORT COUNTY 1 - 2
17/09/1977 LeagueA READING 1 - 3
14/09/1977 Football League Cup / 2RA HULL CITY 0 - 1
09/09/1977 LeagueH NORTHAMPTON TOWN 3 - 1
03/09/1977 LeagueA WIMBLEDON 2 - 2
31/08/1977 Football League Cup / 2H HULL CITY 2 - 2
27/08/1977 LeagueH HARTLEPOOL 1 - 1
20/08/1977 LeagueH SCUNTHORPE UNITED 1 - 1
16/08/1977 Football League Cup / 12LH TRANMERE ROVERS 2 - 2
13/08/1977 Football League Cup / 11LA TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 0
06/08/1977 FriendlyH PORT VALE 1 - 0

Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
28/11/1984FA Trophy / 2QA WORKSOP TOWN 1 - 6
27/11/1984Lancashire Floodlit Trophy / GpH MARINE 3 - 0
03/11/1984LeagueA GOOLE TOWN 2 - 2
30/10/1984LeagueH WITTON ALBION 5 - 2
08/09/1984LeagueA STAFFORD RANGERS 2 - 0
01/09/1984LeagueH MACCLESFIELD TOWN 2 - 2
04/08/1984Cambrian CupA BURSCOUGH 2 - 1
21/04/1984LeagueA MORECAMBE 2 - 1
01/04/1984LeagueA WORKSOP TOWN 1 - 0
07/02/1984Lancashire Floodlit Trophy / GpA LEYLAND MOTORS 3 - 1
03/12/1983LeagueH MOSSLEY 4 - 2
22/11/1983Lancashire Floodlit Trophy / GpA SKELMERSDALE UNITED 3 - 0
09/11/1983Liverpool Senior Cup / 1H SKELMERSDALE UNITED 4 - 3
15/10/1983FA Cup / 3QA HORWICH RMI 1 - 2
10/10/1983LeagueH RHYL 3 - 0
08/10/1983LeagueA BUXTON 2 - 3
24/09/1983LeagueH GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 2 - 1
23/04/1983LeagueA OSWESTRY TOWN 2 - 2
26/03/1983LeagueH BURTON ALBION 2 - 1
26/02/1983LeagueH TAMWORTH 1 - 0
05/02/1983LeagueA GOOLE TOWN 2 - 1
22/01/1983Lancashire Junior Cup / 1A MARINE 1 - 1
15/01/1983LeagueH GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 4 - 2
08/01/1983LeagueA BURTON ALBION 2 - 3
27/12/1982LeagueH MARINE 2 - 1
04/12/1982LeagueA MOSSLEY 4 - 1
27/11/1982FA Trophy / 2QH GATESHEAD 2 - 0
13/11/1982LeagueH GOOLE TOWN 3 - 1
28/08/1982LeagueA TAMWORTH 3 - 2
25/08/1982LeagueH WORKINGTON 1 - 2
21/08/1982LeagueH WORKSOP TOWN 3 - 2
07/08/1982Cambrian CupA MARINE 1 - 1
01/05/1982LeagueA OSWESTRY TOWN 0 - 2
27/02/1982LeagueA SOUTH LIVERPOOL 1 - 0
07/02/1982LeagueA WORKSOP TOWN 1 - 1
21/01/1982Lancashire Junior Cup / 2RA SOUTH LIVERPOOL 2 - 1
02/01/1982Lancashire Junior Cup / 2H SOUTH LIVERPOOL 1 - 1
12/12/1981LeagueA GRANTHAM TOWN 1 - 2
24/11/1981LeagueA MARINE 4 - 1
14/11/1981LeagueH WORKSOP TOWN 4 - 1
24/10/1981FA Trophy / 1QA NANTWICH TOWN 1 - 2
17/10/1981LeagueH GRANTHAM TOWN 2 - 1
13/10/1981LeagueA MACCLESFIELD TOWN 1 - 1
10/10/1981LeagueH GATESHEAD 2 - 0
26/09/1981Northern Premier League Cup / 2H GOOLE TOWN 3 - 1
22/09/1981LeagueA BURTON ALBION 2 - 0
14/09/1981Northern Premier League Cup / 1R2LA NETHERFIELD 2 - 1
05/09/1981LeagueA MOSSLEY 2 - 4
29/08/1981LeagueA GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 0 - 4
22/08/1981LeagueA MATLOCK TOWN 4 - 1
18/08/1981LeagueA WORKINGTON 2 - 3
29/04/1978LeagueA WATFORD 2 - 3
22/04/1978LeagueH HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 - 1
24/03/1978LeagueH STOCKPORT COUNTY 2 - 0
18/03/1978LeagueA HALIFAX TOWN 1 - 2
28/10/1977LeagueA STOCKPORT COUNTY 1 - 2
31/08/1977Football League Cup / 2H HULL CITY 2 - 2
16/08/1977Football League Cup / 12LH TRANMERE ROVERS 2 - 2
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