John Cooper Scores for England

STRIKER John Cooper scored twice on his walking football debut for England.

The Hartshill Strollers forward was named man of the match in the 4-0 win over Wales in the first international match between the two home nations.

The Over 60s match took place at Jenner Park, home of Barry Town United FC, on Saturday.

Cooper, 62, is a member of Hartshill Strollers WFC who play at Summerhill School, Kingswinford. An engineer, he lives in Woodcross, Wolverhampton.

Nicknamed Cooperman, he is one of the country’s leading walking football goal-scorers having once netted 14 times in a single tournament.

He said: “Playing for your country is a great honour. To score twice on your debut, win the game and be named man of the match is beyond my wildest dreams.”

Cooper scored England’s second and fourth goals, either side of half-time.

The setting up earlier this year of England walking football squads – both Over 60s and Over 50s – shows the sport’s progress. The national 60 plus squad includes Alan Kennedy, the former Liverpool, Newcastle United and England player, and Tommy Charlton, younger brother of Bobby and Jack Charlton.

Article courtesy of the Dudley Chronicle