Cooper sorts out City pre-season games

PUBLISHED: 10:38 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 26 October 2009

New City boss Dave Cooper and assistant Darren Gibb

New City boss Dave Cooper and assistant Darren Gibb

WGC manager Dave Cooper has had a busy week arranging pre-season fixtures as he begins to stamp his mark on the Herns Lane club. The Citizens are set to face Hemel Hempstead at home on Wednesday, July 16, followed by another home tie against Leyton on Sat

WGC manager Dave Cooper has had a busy week arranging pre-season fixtures as he begins to stamp his mark on the Herns Lane club.

The Citizens are set to face Hemel Hempstead at home on Wednesday, July 16, followed by another home tie against Leyton on Saturday, July 19.

Next up will be a home game against Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday, July 22, with Ampthill visiting Herns Lane on Saturday, July 26.

WGC will then travel to Berkhamsted on Tuesday, July 29 to round off what will be a busy pre-season affair.

And former Exeter City and Luton Town utility player Cooper is hoping to add one more game to the schedule.

He said: "I'm trying to sort out a game against St Albans, but it's difficult as the Herns Lane pitch is being treated until around mid July.

"But I've spoken to a few managers and fingers crossed the pre-season dates are all sorted and I'm looking forward to it."

The 35-year-old is also hopeful of securing a physio for the coming season this week, and he was due to meet the man in question tonight (Wednesday).

He added: "I am positive about tying up a deal to bring in a physio, and I am also meeting up with those involved in the youth sections to improve the foundations at the club.

"I am also looking to recruit a first team coach, perhaps an older head, as I feel it's vital to have good backroom staff."

The former Hitchin coach is looking forward to the coming season as he begins what appears a rebuilding job at Herns Lane.

And it seems he is pressing ahead well with plans for a successful 2008/09 campaign.


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