Terry Cooper
Full nameTerence Cooper
NationalityEng England
Caps (goals)20 (0)
Rovers apps (goals)a56 (0)
Date of birth12 July 1944
in Knottingley, West Yorkshire
Height5 ft 9 in
7 August 1979 from Bristol City
11 November 1981 to join Doncaster Rovers
Senior clubsTeams managed
Leeds United
Bristol City
Bristol Rovers
Doncaster Rovers
Bristol City
Bristol Rovers
Bristol City
Exeter City
Birmingham City
Exeter City
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 20/11/2012

Terry Cooper is one of twenty-two England internationals to have played for Rovers, earning 20 caps for his nation between 1969 and 1974. He signed as a Rovers player in August 1979 at the tail end of his career on the field, and was promoted to player-manager eight months later. He played a total of 56 league games for the Gas between 1979 and 1981 and is the only man to have played for and managed both Bristol Rovers and Bristol City.

Playing careerEdit

Club careerEdit

Yorkshireman Cooper's long club career started as an apprentice at Leeds United, signing his first professional contract with them in 1962 at the age of 17. He stayed with the Elland Road club for thirteen years, making 250 league appearances and scoring seven goals from the full-back position. All twenty of his England caps came while playing for Leeds, the last of which came under his former club manager Don Revie.

In 1975 he signed for Middlesbrough, where he stayed for three years and played 105 league games, scoring once. He joined Bristol City in 1978, playing just 11 times in the league before joining Rovers the following season. He teamed up with his former Leeds captain Billy Bremner at Doncaster Rovers in 1981, taking up a position as player-assistant manager under him for a year before rounding off his playing career back at Bristol City for his second spell there. In all he made 496 appearances in a 22-year Football League career and scored nine goals.

Club statsEdit

N.B. only Bristol Rovers league appearances listed here
1979–80Bristol Rovers 250
1980–81Bristol Rovers 260
1981–82Bristol Rovers 50

International careerEdit

Terry made his debut for England on 12 March 1969 in a friendly against France at Wembley, playing alongside many of the 1966 World Cup-winning side. He went on to win 20 caps for his country and played in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

The majority of his international appearances came between 1969 and 1971, but he also played in one European Championship qualifier in 1974 against Portugal at Wembley after being recalled to the team by his former Leeds United manager Don Revie, three years after winning his previous cap. He lasted just 23 minutes into his final game however, being replaced by Colin Todd midway through the first half.

International appearancesEdit

N.B. England's score is always given first. (Source:
12 March 1969Fra France5–0WembleyFriendly
7 May 1969Wal Wales2–1WembleyHome Championship
10 May 1969Sco Scotland4–1WembleyHome Championship
1 June 1969Mex Mexico0–0Estadio Azteca, Mexico CityFriendly
14 January 1970Ned The Netherlands0–0WembleyFriendly
25 February 1970Bel Belgium3–1Parc Astrid, BrusselsFriendly
20 May 1970Col Colombia4–0El Campín, BogotaFriendly
24 May 1970Ecu Ecuador2–0Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, QuitoFriendly
2 June 1970Rou (1965-1989) Romania1–0Estádio Jalisco, GuadalajaraWorld Cup Finals
7 June 1970Bra (1968-1992) Brazil0–1Estádio Jalisco, GuadalajaraWorld Cup Finals
11 June 1970Cze Czechoslovakia1–0Estádio Jalisco, GuadalajaraWorld Cup Finals
14 June 1970Ger West Germany2–3Estadio Nou Camp, LeónWorld Cup Finals
25 November 1970Gdr East Germany3–1WembleyFriendly
12 May 1971Mlt Malta5–0WembleyEuro Champs Qualifier
15 May 1971Nir Northern Ireland1–0Windsor Park, BelfastHome Championship
19 May 1971Wal Wales0–0WembleyHome Championship
22 May 1971Sco Scotland3–1WembleyHome Championship
13 October 1971Sui Switzerland3–2St. Jakob Park, BasleEuro Champs Qualifier
9 November 1971Sui Switzerland1–1WembleyEuro Champs Qualifier
20 November 1974Por Portugal0–0WembleyEuro Champs Qualifier

Managerial careerEdit

Terry's first taste of management came when he joined Bristol Rovers as player-manager in 1980, but his 18 months at the helm was not a success, leading Rovers to relegation from Division Two in his only full season in charge and was relieved of his duties in October 1981. Following this he had a brief stint as assistant manager of Doncaster Rovers before being made player-boss of Bristol City in 1982.

His six-year spell at Ashton Gate was far more successful than his time at Rovers, winning over 40% of his games in charge, and he followed this up with a similar record at Exeter City between 1988 and 1991. He ended his career with two years at Birmingham City followed by an 18-month-long return to Exeter.

Managerial statsEdit

Last updated 25 October 2011 (sources Soccerbase, Bristol Rovers Football Club: The Definitive History 1883-2003)

Team Nation From To Record
Bristol Rovers Eng England 24 April 1980 19 October 1981 6913193718.84
Bristol City Eng England 20 May 1982 16 March 1988 289124808542.91
Exeter City Eng England 9 May 1988 1 August 1991 15767266442.68
Birmingham City Eng England 9 August 1991 29 November 1993 12545334736.00
Exeter City Eng England 24 January 1994 31 July 1995 6914163920.29
Total 70826317427137.15

Record at RoversEdit

SeasonCompPldWDLFAGD[1]Pts[1]Pos[1][2]Round reached[3]
1979–80Division Two200214-30
Gloucestershire Cup100101 Runners-up
1980–81Division Two42513243465-312822
FA Cup210156 4th round
League Cup613246 3rd round
Gloucestershire Cup100101 Runners-up
1981–82Division Three104241415-114
League Cup411246 2nd round
Gloucestershire Cup110010 Winners


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 League games only
  2. Finishing position for completed seasons only
  3. Cup competitions only

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