Neale Cooper came through the Pittodrie youth ranks during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time as manager making his debut at the age of 16.
The midfielder won two Premier Division titles, four Scottish Cups and the League Cup with Aberdeen as well as the European Cup Winners’ Cup and European Super Cup in 1983.
He formed a formidable partnership in central midfield with Neil Simpson during that time.
In 1986, he left the Dons for a crack at English football with Aston Villa before returning to Scotland in 1987 for a spell with Rangers.
He then returned to Pittodrie where he was unable to play because of injury. He then joined Reading and came back to Scotland again to play for Dunfermline Athletic and Ross County.
He managed the Staggies, Hartlepool United, Peterhead and Gillingham.
Last year he suffered a heart attack and underwent a successful operation to fit a stent at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.