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Feversham Lens
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Aug 21, 2019, 8:07 AM

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Re: [cherryhopper] Obituaries and Remembrances - Other Sports or Reply Privately

Another loss to rugby league...

One of rugby league’s characters, Gary Cooper, has died, aged 80. A full-back or centre, Cooper had considerable success as a player for Featherstone Rovers and Wakefield Trinity in the 1950s and 60s, and went on to coach York. The brother of former Hull chairwoman Kath Hetherington - therefore Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington’s brother in law - Cooper joined Rovers from Featherstone Juniors in 1958. He went on to make 187 appearances for the club, scoring 43 tries and nine goals, and was captain for a spell in 1960.

He was a Great Britain tourist in 1962, making 16 appearances though not featuring in the Test side, and was signed by Trinity in 1966 for a £3,000 fee. Cooper played in Trinity’s 1967 Championship final win over St Helens, and received the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match when Wakefield retained the title by beating Hull KR the following year. He also played in the 1968 'Watersplash' Challenge Cup final defeat by Leeds at Wembley.

After hanging up his boots, Cooper coached York. Initially, Cooper was assistant coach to Tommy Harris then, between 1974 and 1976, head coach. 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 to bring some world class players to York such as Great Britain forward Terry Clawson, the legendary Neil Fox, RU British Lion Bryan West and the much travelled Geoff Clarkson.

And a loss, on August 13, to both rugby codes...

Steve Booth, a mercurial half-back or wing, who played league for Huddersfield and Doncaster then union with Leicester and Bath, has died, of heart disease, at the age of 42. Tragically, Booth died the day after proposing marriage to long-time girlfriend Danielle Watts. Pontefract-born Booth, who had complained of heartburn in the days before he collapsed, joined Leicester in 2000 and went on to score 26 tries in 71 appearances for the Tigers. He helped Leicester win the Premiership twice and the Heineken (European) Cup twice. Booth spent the 2005 season with Bath. He represented England 'A'. Leicester head coach Geordan Murphy described Booth as a "real entertainer on the pitch" who could "score tries from nothing". Murphy added: "He came in from rugby league but settled in quickly, and he played the best rugby of his career at Leicester in a very successful team." Booth leaves Danielle and their children, Maisie, nine, and Jack, five.


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