Sunday 19 August 2018

Ex-Aberdeen star (54) dies after collapsing outside his home

File photo dated 05-05-2012 of Hartlepool's manager Neale Cooper. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 28, 2018. Former Aberdeen midfielder Neale Cooper has died at the age of 54, the club have confirmed. PA Wire/PA Wire.
File photo dated 05-05-2012 of Hartlepool's manager Neale Cooper. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 28, 2018. Former Aberdeen midfielder Neale Cooper has died at the age of 54, the club have confirmed. PA Wire/PA Wire.

Press Association

Former Aberdeen midfielder Neale Cooper has died after being found injured at his home, the club have announced.

Cooper, a member of the Dons team who won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983, had been taken to hospital after Police Scotland were called to a report of a man who had collapsed within a communal stairwell in the Ferguson Court area of Bucksburn, Aberdeen, at around 1.45am on Sunday.

Police said the incident did not appear to be suspicious.

Aberdeen wrote on their official Twitter account: "The club is deeply shocked and saddened to hear that our legendary midfielder and Gothenburg Great, Neale Cooper has tragically passed away."

Cooper, who was 54, also played for Aston Villa, Rangers, Reading, Dunfermline and Ross County before managing the latter team and also Hartlepool, Gillingham and Peterhead.

Scotland manager Alex McLeish said he was "devastated" by the death of his friend.

McLeish said: "I am devastated to hear the terrible news about Neale Cooper.

"Neale and I grew up together and I have known him since he was 14 years old. He was a talented team-mate and a good friend - someone you could always count on, both on and off the park.

"It was a privilege to have played alongside him and an even greater privilege to have counted him as one of my friends.

"My thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time."

Press Association

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