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Club Statement | Neale Cooper

Gillingham FC are very sad to learn of Neale Cooper's death.

28 May 2018

Former manager Neale Cooper has passed away.

Everyone at Gillingham Football Club is devastated to learn that former manager Neale Cooper has passed away at the age of 54.

Neale died on Monday having suffered a fall on Sunday morning.

In his playing days Cooper was best known for being part of the Aberdeen side who won the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup in addition to four scottish cups, one league cup and two premier division titles.

After turning to management, Cooper worked for Ross County and Hartlepool United prior to joining Gillingham in the summer of 2005. He was in charge of 22 competitive fixtures during his time at Priestfield.

Chairman Paul Scally said: "This is such sad news; Neale was a nice man who I got on very well with and he was incredibly dedicated to his work. He was very well respected, very friendly and naturally my thoughts are with his loved ones at this very difficult time."

The thoughts of everyone at Gillingham FC are with Neale's family and friends.

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