|Birth Day:||February 25, 1956|
|Death Date:||Mar 23, 1995 (age 39)|
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As per our current Database, Davie Cooper died on Mar 23, 1995 (age 39).
He grew up a supporter of Rangers FC and attended St. John's Grammar School.
Cooper was born in Hamilton, Scotland, on 25 February 1956. He attended Beckford Street Primary in Hamilton before moving on to Udston Primary. As captain of the team, he played at left-half (the equivalent of left midfield in contemporary footballing terms) and at inside left (roughly equivalent to a modern-day deep-lying striker).
Cooper made his debut for Clydebank against Airdrieonians in the Scottish League Cup. The game took place on 10 August 1974; Airdrie won 4–0. His full debut was also against Airdrie and again in the League Cup, on Wednesday 28 August, but again Airdrie won, this time by 2–1. This game was his first appearance at New Kilbowie Park.
Cooper's last goal for the Bankies was against Raith Rovers in a 2–0 win at New Kilbowie on 23 April 1977. His last game was at Brockville in a 4–2 win, a week later.
At the age of 21, Cooper was sold to Rangers for £100,000 on 8 June 1977, receiving a signing on fee of £10,000, and on a wage of £150 per week.
Cooper appeared in 52 of Rangers' 53 matches in the 1977–78 season, as Jock Wallace's side won the domestic treble. His first league goal for Rangers came against St Mirren at Love Street on 17 September 1977 in a 3–3 draw (his last goal came almost exactly eleven years later, also against St Mirren). His first Ibrox goal for the club came a fortnight later in a 4–1 win against Clydebank. He scored his second in the same match – direct from a corner kick. He scored eight goals in total in his first season at Rangers.
The following season, Cooper made 49 appearances and scored ten goals as Rangers won both domestic cup competitions. In this season, he scored a memorable goal against Celtic in the 1979 Drybrough Cup Final, which was voted the greatest ever Rangers goal by Rangers fans and listed by The Guardian's Rob Smyth as the second greatest ever solo goal, after Diego Maradona's Goal of the Century.
Cooper's debut for the full national side was on 12 September 1979 in a 1–1 draw in a friendly with Peru at Hampden Park. He played for the national team again the following month in a 1–1 draw at home to Austria in the Euro 1980 qualifiers, but after that he wasn't capped again for over four years. Cooper returned to the national team on 28 February 1984, scoring against Wales in a 2–1 Home Championship win, and was on the scoresheet for Scotland again later in the year in a 6–1 friendly win over Yugoslavia.
The 1979–80 season was the first of only three seasons during his time at Ibrox that the club failed to win a trophy. In 1980, Brighton's Alan Mullery reportedly put in a bid for both Cooper and Rangers teammate Gordon Smith; Smith moved on, Cooper stayed.
Cooper scored his final two goals (from six in total) for the Scottish senior side on 12 November 1986 in a 3–0 home win over Luxembourg in the Euro 88 qualifiers. He was capped twice for Scotland as a Motherwell player, the last of his 22 caps earned on 16 May 1990 in a friendly against Egypt at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, which the Egyptians won 3–1. An injury precluded him from being selected for the Scotland squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup Finals
On 9 August 1988, Cooper's testimonial match against Girondins de Bordeaux saw over 43,000 spectators watch Rangers win 3–2 with Terry Butcher, Kevin Drinkell and Ally McCoist netting for Rangers. Cooper finished his Rangers career with 75 goals in 540 appearances. When asked to describe the highlight of his time at Rangers, he simply responded "I played for the team I loved."
After 12 years at Ibrox, Cooper signed for Motherwell, then managed by former teammate Tommy McLean in August 1989. Cooper spent nearly five years at Fir Park, playing over 150 times for the Steelmen and contributing to the club winning its first major trophy in 39 years: The 1991 Scottish Cup Final against Dundee United in which Motherwell won 4–3 after extra-time.
While with Motherwell, Cooper had been working in a coaching capacity with the reserve and youth sides. In December 1993 he returned to Clydebank as a player, but also to assist in coaching duties. In 1993–94 he played in a total of 20 games, including sixteen starts and four as a substitute. In 1994–95 he was almost an ever-present in the side until the start of February, when he played his last first team match against Hearts in a Scottish Cup third round replay at Tynecastle on 7 February 1995.
Cooper had scored his last goal in a League Cup semi-final against Airdrie earlier that season, and his last appearance in a Clydebank jersey was in a reserve fixture at New Kilbowie on 21 February 1995 against Hamilton Academical.
Cooper suffered a brain haemorrhage on 22 March 1995 at Broadwood Stadium, where he and former Celtic, Arsenal, Aberdeen and Scotland player Charlie Nicholas, alongside Tommy Craig, were recording a coaching film for youngsters called 'Shoot' for Scottish Television. Cooper, who was 39 years old, died in hospital the next day. His funeral took place at Hillhouse Parish Church, Hamilton, on 27 March 1995, and he was buried in the town's cemetery.
A statue of Cooper was erected in 1999 next to the Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds.
Davie had been separated from his wife Christine for six years at the time of his death.
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