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Shane Cooper-Clark is a Bracknell Town player again


Shane Cooper-Clark is a Bracknell Town player again

Bracknell Town have confirmed the return of their former talisman Shane Cooper-Clark after four incredibly successful seasons in West Berkshire with Thatcham Town.

The club confirmed Cooper-Clark’s return on social media on Thursday evening after featuring as a trialist in a number of the Robins pre season friendlies.

Cooper-Clark originally joined the Robins under Steve Nebbett and Danny Oliphant in the summer of 2012 scoring 12 goals in two seasons.

His breakout year though came in 2014/15 for Bracknell when under Ed Carpenter and subsequently Keith Pennicott-Bowen he fired 34 goals in 35 games, winning the Hellenic League’s player of the season award.

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Former Bracknell Town striker Shane Cooper-Clark. Photo: Neil Graham.
Former Bracknell Town striker Shane Cooper-Clark. Photo: Neil Graham.

He continued that vein of form in to 2015/16 with 15 in 23 games but the departure of Pennicott-Bowen saw Cooper-Clark head west to Thatcham where he scored a further 10 in 19 games.

The following three full seasons at Thatcham coincided with a bit of a golden period for the club including 95 Hellenic League Premier Division goals and this penalty to win the FA Vase in 2018.

In a recent interview with Football in Berkshire, Cooper-Clark highlighted the effect former boss Keith Pennicott-Bowen had had on his career, especially since joining him as a coach at Thatcham.

Shane said: “He showed a lot of belief in me, he put his faith in me which helped. It grows your confidence. He was a good manager Bowse but he didn’t get the resources [at Bracknell] to help us push on.”

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Tom Canning

Tom is the co-editor of Football in Berkshire. He has played at the lowest possible level of football. In real life Tom works for Reach PLC. Former manager of Binfield Ladies in the Thames Valley Women's League.

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