Knights mourn former York Coach Gary Cooper
Published: 19 August, 2019 - 3:34 pm
York RL is mourning the loss of former Coach Gary Cooper, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 80.
Considered one of rugby league’s ‘characters’, Cooper had great success as a player for Featherstone Rovers (1958-66, 191 apps, 43 tries) and Wakefield Trinity (1967-71, 136 apps, 25 tries), and made 16 appearances for the Great Britain Lions.
After hanging up his boots, Cooper moved to York initially as assistant coach to Tommy Harris, and later as head coach between 1974-76. Cooper took York to a Challenge Cup quarter final against St Helens at Clarence Street, where his enthusiasm was infectious and regularly brought big gates to the city.
He was also able bring some world class players to York such as GB Forward Terry Clawson, the legendary Neil Fox, RU British Lion Bryan West, and the much travelled Geoff Clarkson.
He also brought players who are still remembered by the older fans such as Kevin Harkin, Terry Day, Barry Banks, Steve Ferres, Malcolm Dixon, Gary Hetherington and Steve Cooper.
Everyone at York City Knights would like to pass on their condolences to the friends, family & former teammates of Gary Cooper.