This triallist played two matches for the Saints in April 1933. In those two games he collected a try and kicked eight goals. Playing at prop forward he helped the Saints with two convincing victories over Rochdale Hornets and Castleford. The latter match was a famous game for Roy Hardgrave who bagged five tries for the Saints. On paper his performances seem to be impressive. Edward was one of two players recruited by a Mr Davies of Ogmore Vale. The scout was paid 5 Guineas for
his scouting duties. The team mates from Ogmore Vale RFC travelled north to St Helens to try out in the home fixture against Rochdale Hornets in April 1933. Both players had previously impressed in a trial match for top Welsh side Bridgend RU according to match report. Cooper was the Club Captain down at Ogmore Vale and regarded as a tough forward. In the match Cooper played well in a 47 points to 19 drubbing of the Hornets. Edward Cooper and his pal were invited to return to Lancashire the following week for the final fixture of the season against Castleford. In another comfortable victory, Edward again put in an impressive performance. Following discussions the Saints committee resolved to invited both players back to Lancashire in time for the following season. Meanwhile, efforts would be made to secure employment for the two Welshmen. It has to be recognised that unemployment was high in the town and the Club was engaged in cost cutting measures to balance the books. The 1932 Champions were being sold on as lean years were on the horizon. In any event the players did not return to Lancashire and we understand that both players spent the rest of their days in the Nantymoel and Bridgend area.
Dave Dooley and Alex Service