Legend Cooper marks 400 games

400 games for CSC - Gary Cooper. (S)
400 games for CSC - Gary Cooper. (S)

Gary Cooper captained Harrogate CSC to a 3-2 win over Scholes at Killinghall Moor on Sunday, in his 17th season and 400th game.

Scholes only had seven players for the first six minutes but kept CSC out and then took the lead in the 42nd minute.

James Drew then slotted home the equaliser in the second half only to see Scholes level the game with a 22-yard free kick. Chris Robinson’s cross allowed Zany Craggs to poach a goal in the last four minutes before Drew drew his defender and slotted home CSC’S winner.

Starting for CSC in 1994, 37-year-old Cooper has been integral to CSC’s success over the years, winning two divisional and one championship Claro League winners’ medals and reaching numerous cup finals.

Playing at left back and sweeper, Cooper, pictured left, only has three bookings to his name for the club.

Founder and manager of Harrogate CSC Kevin O’Brien had to say this of his longest serving player:

“Gary is an example to all young people who want to participate and enjoy local sport,” he said.

“He is 100 per cent reliable and always puts the good of the team before his own personal ambitions.

“And that why it is no surprise that over the years everyone that has played alongside him has great respect for Gary’s footballing ability and as a person.

“I certainly would not be surprised if Gary makes it to 500 appearances.

“He truly is a legend of this club.”