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Shaun Cooper

Under 21
Date of birth:
5th October 1983

Under-21 coach Shaun Cooper was appointed in October 2018 having made 240 appearances for the club between 2005 and 2012.

Cooper, previously lead coach of the club’s under-13s, replaced Carl Fletcher who became loan player manager at Vitality Stadium.

In his first season at the helm, Cooper’s team lifted the Central League Cup and reached the last 16 of the Premier League Cup.

And in 2019/20, the Cherries topped their group in the Premier League Cup and again progressed to the last 16 of the competition.  

Raised on the Isle of Wight, Cooper started his playing career as a 12-year-old at Portsmouth, graduating from the youth ranks and going on to play seven games for the club.

Having spent eight years at Fratton Park, he joined the Cherries in 2005 and established himself as a first-team regular.

A versatile performer who was deployed in defence and midfield, Cooper skippered the Cherries to their Greatest Escape from relegation in 2008/09 when they overcame a 17-point deduction to preserve their Football League status.

Although a serious hip injury restricted him to just six appearances as Eddie Howe’s team claimed runners-up spot in League Two in 2009/10, Cooper starred as the Cherries reached the League One play-offs the following season.

After leaving the club in 2012, Cooper had spells at Crawley Town, Portsmouth, Torquay United and Sutton United before hanging up his boots in December 2017 following a brief stay with Poole Town.

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