After joining as a youth trainee at 16 from school, in my first two or three years the club was on a financial downward spiral and there was none of the new sparkling kit and the sparkling conditions that the kids get now.
We weren't treated as prima-donnas. We had to roll up our sleeves and graft with the groundsman. Kids don't have to do anymore. That makes you appreciate things when it turns in your favour and you become a successful professional.
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We had to be down early to get the best stuff for the pros we looked after and then get the rags that we were left ourselves for training. It seems very old school but it grounded me as a person and made me appreciate everything as a footballer, because all we got was a pair of boots.
When I left Bradford and got a phone call from Dave Parnaby asking ‘did I want to come back in?’, I was delighted to accept. The whole buzz at the club at the moment is great for someone like me who is still learning and wanting to hopefully go into management in my own right at some point.
|Birth:||28th February, 1967|
|Profession:||Coach, Football Player, Manager|
Colin Terence Cooper was born in Durham, England. He ia an English former professional footballer. He spent most of his playing career at Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest. Cooper made his England international debut in a 3-3 draw against Sweden. He gained two caps for the England national team and made 8 for the Under-21 side where he finished runners-up with the U21s in the 1988 Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon tournament. After he retired from playing, in June 2006, Cooper was officially given a job with the Middlesbrough coaching staff, as the Reserve team coach. On 24 May 2013, he became manager at Football League Two side Hartlepool United, replacing John Hughes, who had been sacked the previous month.
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