Steve Cooper

Born 22 June 1964 in Birmingham – Died 15 February 2004.

Steve started his career at Birmingham City however he failed to breakthrough to the first team and spent time out on loan to Halifax Town and Dutch side NAC Breda in 1984.

Towards the end of the 1991/92 season Posh manager Chris Turner brought Steve to the club from Tranmere on loan. Steve gained cult hero status at the Posh after he came off the bench to score a late diving header from a Bobby Barnes cross in the 1992 Division 3 play-off semi final against Huddersfield Town. The goal sent the Posh to Wembley for the first time in the club’s history for the famous Stockport County 1992 Play Off Final.

In total Steve only started 2 Football League games for the Posh (1 in which he was substituted) and made 7 appearances as substitute. Despite his goal at Huddersfield, Steve did not play in the play off final against Stockport Count in May 1992 though he was a non used substitute.

Steve died in his sleep on 15 February 2004, having unknowingly cracked his skull in a fall.

Did you know: Outside of Peterborough, Steve is best known for his time spent with Airdrieonians. Another headed goal, this time in the semi-final at Hampden against Hearts ensured that his Airdrie side made it to the 1995 Scottish Cup final.