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FPA: Simon Cooper and Steve Jones return as guests

24 September 2019

The Cheltenham Town Former Players' Association return this weekend with Simon Cooper and Steve Jones their guests for the League Two match against Crewe Alexandra.

Helping the club finish as Southern League runners-up for three seasons in a row, Cooper joined the Robins as a Youth Trainee in 1991 and stayed with the club up until 1996, before departing for county rivals Gloucester City. 

Known for his hard work and enthusiasm, the Bournemouth-born midfielder spent time out on loan with Moreton Town at the start of his Cheltenham career but soon established himself as a first-team regular following an impressive appearance in the FA Cup against AFC Lymington. 

Cooper made 128 appearances for the Robins in total, with six coming off the bench, scoring five times during his spell at Whaddon Road.

Steve Jones joined Lindsay Parsons' side a couple of years after Cooper, slowly moving up the divisions after spells with local sides to his home city of Bristol, he signed for Cheltenham after a short time with Forest Green Rovers. 

Originally appearing at right-back, Jones quickly switched to central defence and caught the eye with his speed and ability to jump up and win headers - he helped Cheltenham in two of their runners-up campaigns in the Southern League. 

Continuing to impress, he earned a £25,000 move to Swansea City in 1995 and went on to have title winning success with the Welsh side in the Third Division.

Jones returned to the Robins for another two years between 2001 and 2003, but was blighted by injury as the club won promotion from the same division after rising up from non-league. 

In total he made 123 appearances, with five of those coming as a substitute, scoring nine goals from defence.

Please give both players a warm welcome back on Saturday as Michael Duff's side take on fellow early season high-fliers Crewe at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, to purchase tickets please click here. 



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