Cocker Hoop: The Biography of Les Cocker, Key Man for Ramsey and Revie

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Cocker Hoop: The Biography of Les Cocker, Key Man for Ramsey and Revie

Cocker Hoop: The Biography of Les Cocker, Key Man for Ramsey and Revie

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He left Leeds in 1974 to become full-time Assistant Manager to Don Revie with the English national team however when Revie left in 1977 to become manager of the United Arab Emirates national team, he went with him as his assistant. It serves as a reminder that success in football extends beyond mere physical prowess; it requires careful attention to one's health and fitness regime. Like many men of the time, we discover that he didn’t like to talk about his wartime experiences and in understated fashion referred to his injury as, “just a graze” indicative of a stoic nature. Born in Wolverhampton, Cocker began his career in the youth team of Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1956, playing in their 1958 FA Youth Cup triumph. But there is an individual that connects both, and whose name is not so familiar – that of Les Cocker.

It highlights Cocker’s contribution to success and how he understood the support that injured players needed in their rehabilitation during a period when Leeds were playing for a number of trophies at home and in Europe. Accrington born Lloyd speaks with affection about Cocker the player, “he was a marauding centre-forward, I mean fearless, all action, all effort…yeah, he was a dirty bugger but a really nice bloke. In another of Endeacott’s insightful interviews, former Leeds player Gerry Francis, provides an early assessment of Cocker’s impact at Elland Road. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.Now as a non-Leeds United fan and given my view that the film is deeply fictionalised for cinematic effect, I don’t have the same misgivings or deep rooted anger towards the film as many of the Elland Road faithful have. His rising reputation attracted the FA’s attention, and Cocker helped the England team achieve their pinnacle success in 1966. In 1960 Cocker moved to Leeds United, [3] as one of the country's first FA Coaching Certificate holders. Cocker then played with Accrington Stanley, scoring 48 goals in 122 League games between 1953 and 1958. He went on to win the Youth Challenge Cup in 1958 by beating a Chelsea team that included Jimmy Greaves.

Doncaster Rovers 5-0 Scunthorpe 16/2/1980 | Just a pub team Doncaster Rovers FCJust a pub team Doncaster Rovers FC".He joined local non-league side Wellington Town immediately after, playing in over 200 games during the 1960–61 season. Already with enemies within the Football Association, the Football League, the game itself and of course the media, he needs to win over a lot of people, and quickly. Here, his distain for the film The Damned United is detailed given its portrayal of people and events, including Cocker. Following a generous Foreword from ex-Leeds United player John Giles (as he signs himself in the book, rather than the Johnny familiar in his playing days) about his time working at the Elland Road club with Les Cocker, there follows an Introduction from Endeacott.

Co-written with Dave Cocker, eldest of Les's three sons, the book takes us through Les's footballing career up to his untimely death in 1979. Co-authors Robert Endeacott and Dave Cocker have provided a wonderful tribute to Les Cocker in this book, with Endeacott’s insightful interviews and knowledge of Leeds United combining with Cocker’s family anecdotes and stories of the time. Les Cocker signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers at the age of 15 in 1955 when the club was flying high in the old First Division.This turned out to be his only appearance for Wolves' first team and he was released at the end of the season. The final chapter, The UAE and then ‘Donny’, sees Cocker complete the two-years of his contract in the Middle East, leaving Revie to stay on and later manager Emirati clubs, Al-Nasr and Al-Ahly. This interview forms part of Chapter 2, taking Cocker’s story up to the point of him accepting his first coaching role at Luton Town in 1959.

In a Under 23 friendly in Vienna, Alan Ball was sent off with Les providing a consoling arm to the distraught player. Cocker left Leeds in 1974 to become full-time Assistant Manager to Don Revie with the England national team. This article includes a list of general references, but it lacks sufficient corresponding inline citations.

The lead up and the tournament in 1966 dominate Chapter 5, with an excellent interview with the Three Lions right-back of the time, George Cohen, providing a great inside view of the England set-up and Cocker’s contribution during that historic time.



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