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Mark Cooper
Nationality:Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1:0 (0)
Date of birth:2 January 1992
Place of birth:
Height:
Position:Defender
Date joined:July 2009
Joined from:Youth
Date left:1 April 2011
1 League appearances and goals only.

Mark Cooper is a defender who came through the youth ranks at Rovers, initially in the Bristol Academy of Sport and later with the football club itself when the deal with BAOS ended. He graduated to the senior squad in the summer of 2009, alongside Neikell Plummer, Dan Cayford, Elliot Richards, Ollie Clarke, George Booth, Steve Kingdon and Jack McKenna.

He did not make any appearances for the first team, but was an unused substitute on a number of occasions. He first appeared in a matchday squad on 6 November 2009, when he was on the bench for Rovers' 3–2 defeat to Southampton in the FA Cup and he was named for the first time for a League game on 6 February 2010 when he was again an unused sub in a 0–0 draw with Walsall. He sat on the bench three more times before the end of his first season with the club, again without making it onto the field of play.

In December 2010 he was loaned out to Frome Town in a month-long deal, where he played five times, before returning to his familiar role as unused sub three more times for Rovers. He was eventually released by The Gas at the beginning of April 2011 along with George Booth and Jack McKenna, whereupon he re-joined Frome Town for the end of the 2010–11 campaign.

CareerEdit

Mark came through the Rovers youth system, but did not make any senior appearances until going on loan to Frome Town late in 2010. He started all five of the games Frome played during his loan spell without scoring, before returning to Rovers after a month was up. After being released by Rovers late in the 2010–11 season he re-joined Frome, along with Jack McKenna, who was released at the same time.

He scored his first goal of his career on 28 April 2012, when he grabbed Frome's equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Stourbridge.

After a successful pre-season training with Conference National side Newport County he was signed by them on a short-term deal, but following a loan spell back with Frome in October 2012, he was released by Newport at the end of the month, re-signing for Frome two months later.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
2009–10Bristol Rovers 00
2010–11Bristol Rovers 00
2010–11Frome Town (loan)50
2010–11Frome Town 60
2011–12Eastleigh 20
2011–12Frome Town 181
2012–13Newport County 00
2012–13Frome Town (loan)30
2012–13Frome Town 140

Records against RoversEdit

Mark has not played any competitive first team matches against The Pirates.

See alsoEdit

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