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Windsor FC appoint former club captain Mark Cooper as new manager

Mark Cooper in his playing days for Windsor & Eton FC

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Windsor FC have appointed former club captain Mark Cooper as their new manager.

Cooper will take over from Luke Brooks-Smith who has been in interim charge since the departure of Mick Woodham on the eve of the new season.

Cooper capped off a distinguished non-league playing career by turning out for what was then Windsor & Eton FC between 2006 and 2009. He also represented Harrow Borough, Hendon FC and AFC Wimbledon. 

Since retiring from the game he's established a successful chain of estate agents while keeping his hand in football by coaching AFC Henley Youth.

Club chairman James Anderson said: "We're really looking forward to having Mark at the club. We believe that our football club provides the best platform for young players who are looking to progress to a higher level.

He'll have quite a job on his hands. Windsor have won only one of their six league games to date and threw away a two-goal lead in Saturday's 3-3 draw at Tuffley Rovers. They sit 14th in the Hellenic Premier Division.

"Mark's leadership and man management abilities really stood out to us and will be hugely valuable in working with our young squad.

"His understanding of non-league football will also be a huge asset in balancing the youth and experience needed to succeed at this level.

"The club would also like to take this opportunity to place on record it's thanks to Luke Brook-Smith for ably taking on the role of Caretaker Manager over the past month. Luke took on this added responsibility with absolute grace and class, which allowed us the time to conduct a thorough and in depth search for the right person to manage the club. "

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