Larrikin shares his colorful life

Brian Cooper: a ‘bloody champion’ footballer, loves his horses

LIFE LIVED FULL: Brian Cooper has lived his life measured out in horses, laughter and love.

AT 81 years of age Brian Cooper represents the last of a dying breed – the bush gentleman.
Kind, hard-working, quick witted and through it all, a larrikin.
Although his life has not always been easy, he has lived it at full tilt – measuring his years out in love and horses.
Born in 1933, Brian left school to work as an apprentice carpenter at 13, moving about in the early years, “buggarising around, chasing women”.
In the early 1950’s he bought a bakery with his brother in Moe, where Brian had a go with the local football side.
“I started playing football in Moe,” he recalled.
“I’ve been lucky with my football – I always seem to lob up to the right team at the right time – I reckon I’ve won four or five premiership flags in my time.
“I thought I was pretty good – a bloody champion in fact,” Brian said with tongue in cheek modestly.

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