Super Coopers net Stranraer win

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THERE has been the likes of Gary Cooper, Henry Cooper, Tommy Cooper and even the Mini Cooper car.

They all have a claim to fame in their own way. But how about Hawick’s own ‘Super Coopers’.

A football team that not only went under the banner of Coopers, but had seven members of the Cooper family in its line-up.

And they recently claimed a piece of silverware in the George McMillan Cup, a new trophy which will be contested on an annual basis.

Malcolm Cooper snr, of High Street bar Coopers, explained: “George McMillan comes from Stranraer, but is now working in Hawick and is a customer in the pub.

“One day we got talking about football and for whatever reason decided to organise a game between a team from Hawick and one from Stranraer.

“George put up a cup, which will be played for every year.

“Our team was called Coopers and there were seven Coopers playing: myself, two of my sons, three of my brothers and my nephew.

“The ages were all different, but we’re all just football daft, or just daft!

“I suppose it could be some sort of record having seven from the same family in the one team.”

The Coopers in the side were Malcolm snr, Malcolm jnr, Luke, Paul, Jason, William Snr and William Jnr.

Coopers toppled their Stranraer opponents 3-2 and it was the Coopers who did the scoring – Malcolm jnr, William jnr and Paul all hitting the net.

Luke also played a big part as he switched from outfield to goalkeeper and saved a last-minute penalty.