'The greatest Gaelic footballer of all time.' Pat Spillane
When Colm Cooper retired from inter-county football in 2017, he left behind a remarkable legacy. The holder of five All-Ireland medals and eight All-Stars, he was Kerry’s stand-out forward for fifteen years. From a family steeped in Gaelic football, and a core member of the Dr Crokes team, Colm was still in his teens when he first played for Kerry at senior level. Overcoming struggles with injury and personal tragedy, Cooper became one of the GAA’s most recognizable and best-loved figures at a time of tumultuous change in the game.
But the man known nationally as ‘Gooch’ is also an intensely private figure who has never courted publicity and his personal story remains largely untold. Now Gooch – The Autobiography unlocks a previously unopened door, tracing a compelling path through the life beyond the headlines. This is the story of an ordinary man who became an extraordinary footballer.
Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper is the most outstanding Gaelic footballer of his generation and an iconic figure in Kerry football since his inter-county debut in 2002. He has played club football with Dr. Crokes, winning a prized All Ireland Club Championship with the Killarney side in 2017. Cooper won eight All Star Awards and five All Irelands with Kerry. He announced his retirement from the inter-county game in April 2017.