Legendary Hull FC centre Brian Cooper passes away

It’s been a sad week for rugby league.

Last weekend, Great Britain international and Leigh Centurions legend Des Drummond passed away at the age of 63 and today legendary Hull FC centre Brian Cooper has also sadly passed away at the age of 90.

Cooper spent a decade playing for the Black and Whites winning two Championship finals with the club in 1956 and 1958 respectively. In both, he figured at right centre with the number three on his back as Hull defeated Halifax 10-9 in 1956 at Maine Road before reclaiming the title two years later against Workington at Odsal in a 20-3 win.

He did not play in their 15-14 final defeat to Oldham in 1957 so subsequently had a 100% record in Championship Finals. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the same luck in Challenge Cup Finals losing 30-13 to Wigan in his only Wembley appearance in 1959.

Sadly, today Hull confirmed that he had passed away and passed on their condolences to his family at this difficult time and everyone in rugby league no doubt echoes that sentiment.

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