Giles Coke

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Giles Coke
Personal information
Full name Giles Christopher Coke
Date of birth (1986-06-03) 3 June 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Westminster, London, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Sheffield Wednesday
Number 14
Youth career
2002–2004 Queens Park Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Kingstonian ? (?)
2005–2007 Mansfield Town 70 (5)
2007–2009 Northampton Town 52 (7)
2009–2010 Motherwell 32 (2)
2010– Sheffield Wednesday 60 (5)
2011–2012 Bury (loan) 30 (6)
2012–2013 Swindon Town (loan) 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:39, 25 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Giles Christopher Coke (born 3 June 1986) is an English footballer who plays for Sheffield Wednesday.

Club career[edit]

He started his career as a youth player at Queens Park Rangers, before joining non-league side Kingstonian with older brother Jon, who played for the club up to August 2009.

Mansfield Town[edit]

Giles was soon snapped up by Mansfield Town, and subsequently bought by Northampton Town in the summer of 2007. His name was linked with several Championship clubs, including Southampton, Reading, Norwich City, Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, Coke decided to remain at Mansfield for a further year, signing a new one-year deal with Mansfield in the summer of 2006.

Northampton Town[edit]

He signed for Northampton Town on 2 July 2007 on a two-year contract after rejecting a new contract from Mansfield Town.[1] A Football League tribunal on 24 September 2007 ruled that Northampton must pay Mansfield a maximum fee of £70,000 (depending on appearances) for the transfer, as well as a sell on clause of 20%.[2] Due to Coke's good performance for Northampton, Coke reportly turned down a new contract for Northampton, announcing he would leave the club on a free transfer.


Coke's contract with Northampton expired in the summer of 2009. On 21 July, he signed a one-year contract with Scottish Premier League club Motherwell, becoming new manager Jim Gannon's third signing. Northampton claim that the player's agent had accepted a deal with that club on the player's behalf, and were taking advice as to whether compensation should be due from Motherwell.[3][4][5] His first goals for Motherwell came when he scored twice in a thrilling 6–6 draw with Hibernian on 5 May 2010.[6]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Coke signed for Sheffield Wednesday under freedom of contract in July 2010.[7] Coke make his debut for Sheffield Wednesday in a 2–0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge on 7 August 2010. Coke went to make 27 appearance for the club and scoring 4 including against Brighton & Hove Albion, Hartlepool United, Rochdale United and Plymouth Arygle. However, after being frozen out at Hillsborough in the 2011–12 season when the Owls were promoted, Coke earned a recall to the starting XI against Hull City in January 2013. Wednesday won 3–1, Giles had a superb goal wrongly disallowed, subsequently Coke kept his place in the team. He signed a 2-year contract extension with the Owls in June 2013.


After one season at Hillsborough, Coke fell out of favour and went on loan to Bury until January.[8] That was later extended until the end of the 2011–12 season.[9] Coke made his debut for Bury in a 4–0 loss against Sheffield United on 3 September 2011. On 1 October 2011, Coke scored his first goal for Bury in a 3–1 victory over Yeovil Town. On 21 January 2012, Coke was in a row with captain Steven Schumacher over who should take a penalty. Shortly after, both players were booked. Eventually, Schumacher took the penalty and scored to make it 3–0. The match ended 3–2 victory over Yeovil Town. 3 days later after Bury match, Coke shortly apologised privately to the team, the captain, and the manager.[10] Since that incident, Coke went on to become a fan's favourite at Gigg Lane due to the superb performances he put in for the Shakers in their fight for League 1 survival.

Swindon Town[edit]

On 31 August 2012, Coke signed for Swindon on loan from Sheffield Wednesday until January 2013.[11]


  1. ^ "Northampton sign midfielder Coke". BBC Sport. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "Tribunal sets fee for Coke switch". BBC Sport. 24 September 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2008. 
  3. ^ Halliday, Stephen (23 July 2009). "Coke deal perfectly legal, says Gannon". The Scotsman. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Club Seeking Advice Over Motherwell Claim". Northampton Town F.C. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Lindsay, Matthew (23 July 2009). "Town in a fizz over coke but Gannon's conscience clear". The Herald. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Motherwell 6–6 Hibernian". BBC Sport. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Midfielder Giles Coke joins Sheffield Wednesday". BBC Sport. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bury make triple deadline swoop". BBC Sport. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bury re-sign Giles Coke from Sheffield Wednesday on loan". BBC Sport. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bury's Giles Coke apologises for Steven Schumacher penalty row". BBC Sport. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Town Make It Five". Swindon Town FC. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 

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