Giles Coke

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Giles Coke
Personal information
Full name Giles Christopher Coke[1]
Date of birth (1986-06-03) 3 June 1986 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Westminster, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
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 84 (6)
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 19:17, 10 November 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. After signing a new contract on 31 March 2005,[2] Coke made a breakthrough season and then scored his first goal for the club, in the second round of League Cup, in a 1-0 win over Southampton.[3] After the match, Coke quoted: "it was a great time to score my first goal and, playing in the cup against Southampton, what a great game to score it in."[4]

Coke then scored two goals in two appearance against Leyton Orient[5] and Shrewsbury Town.[6] In April 2006, Coke turned down a new two-year contract, but Manager Peter Shirtliff remains keen on keeping Coke.[7] Though rejecting a new contract, Coke is keen on staying at Northampton Town, even if there's a contract negotiations on him for a second time.[8] His name was linked with several Championship clubs, including Southampton, Reading, Norwich City, Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers.[9] However, Coke decided to remain at Mansfield for a further year, signing a new one-year deal with Mansfield in the summer of 2006.

However, the 2006-07 season went bad to worse for Coke. He suffered injuries that put on the sideline, such as dead leg,[10] back spasm[11] and knee injury that put him out for the reminder of the season.[12][13] Coke remained on the transfer speculation when Wycombe Wanderers was keen to sign Coke.[14] In May 2007, Coke remains hopeful with his return by the pre-season training.[15] The club faced a poor season, though they finished 17th place.

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.[16] 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%.[17]

Coke remained on the sideline at the start of the season after having a further operation that could keep out for a long time.[18] In early October, Coke was showing signs of recovery and fully fit to make a return to training.[19] To gain match fitness, Coke played his first for Northampton Town in reserve for 56 minutes, as they beat Southend United, which met the delight of the club's reserve coach Ian Sampson, who believed "his confidence will be sky high at the moment."[20] Despite potential debut after playing in the reserves, his league debut was delayed once again when he sustained a groin injury and would be out for three weeks following an operation.[21][22] After being on the sideline, Coke made his debut for the club, coming on for Andy Kirk in the 58th minutes and was booked, as Northampton Town lose 3-2 to Leeds United on 5 January 2008.[23] Since his debut, Coke quickly made an impact and insists he not a "next Bradley Johnson."[24] Coke scored his first goal for the club, in a 2-0 win over Leyton Orient on 25 January 2008.[25] Coke scored four more goals later in the 2007-08 season against Gillingham,[26] Hartlepool United,[27] Cheltenham Town[28] and Oldham Athletic.[29]

The 2008-09 season starts off for Coke when he continues to be in the first team, though his minutes significantly decreased. Coke scored his first goal of the season, in a 2-1 win over Swindon Town on 21 October 2008.[30] Coke scored his second goal of the season, in a 4-4 draw against Scunthorpe United on 13 December 2008.[31] Later in the season, Cook sustained a calf injury that kept him out for the reminder of the season.[32]

Due to Coke's good performance for Northampton, Coke was offered a new contract by the club[33] and signed a contract with the club on 16 June 2009.[34] However, Coke reportedly turned down a new contract for Northampton, announcing he would leave the club on a free transfer.

Motherwell[edit]

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.[35][36][37] Two years, the settlement had been concluded, which was in favour with the club.[38]

Coke made his European debut for the club against Steaua București but they proved to be too strong and failed to win either legs losing 3-1 and 2-0 respectively.[39] After the match, Coke believes he is the blame for failing to keep the club's European dreams alive.[40] Coke made his league debut for the club, in the opening game of the season, where he set up one of Ross Forbes's goals, in a 2-2 draw against St. Johnstone on 15 August 2009.[41]

His first goals for Motherwell came when he scored twice in a thrilling 6–6 draw with Hibernian on 5 May 2010.[42] While at Mothewell, Coke enjoyed playing every minutes at Motherwell[43] and refused to rule out for the club for the second season.[44] Coke was offered a new contract with the club, but the contract was soon stalled and has been linked with a move return to England.[45][46]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Coke signed for Sheffield Wednesday under freedom of contract in July 2010.[47] Coke make his debut for Sheffield Wednesday in a 2–0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge on 7 August 2010 and three days later, he scored his first goal for the club, in a 1-0 win over Bury in the first round of League Cup.[48] Coke went to make 27 appearance for the club and scoring 4 including against Brighton & Hove Albion,[49] Hartlepool United,[50] Rochdale[51] and Plymouth Arygle.[52]

However, after being frozen out at Hillsborough in the 2011–12 season when the Owls were promoted, Coke took time to recover his foot he sustained at Swindon Town and 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.[53] At the end of the 2013-14 season, Coke signed a 2-year contract extension with the Owls in June 2013[54] after being offered a new contract. He scored his first goal for the club, in a 1-1 draw against Millwall on 28 January 2013.[55] Though he made twenty-eight appearance, Coke had injuries problems, such as hamstring.[56][57][58]

Coke scored the first goal of the 2014-15 season, in the opening game, as Sheffield Wednesday beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0.[59] As a result of his performance, Coke was named the Football League Team of the Week.[60]

Loan Spells[edit]

After one season at Hillsborough, Coke fell out of favour and went on loan to Bury until January.[61] That was later extended until the end of the 2011–12 season.[62] 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.[63] 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. However, the club won't able to make a return to Bury for a second time once his loan spell with the club ended.[64]

On 31 August 2012, Coke signed for Swindon on loan from Sheffield Wednesday until January 2013.[65] He made his debut for the club, coming on for Simon Ferry in the 70th minutes, in a 2-2 draw against Carlisle United on 15 September 2012.[66] After making four appearance, Coke returned to his parent club on 5 October 2012, just three months to his loan contract after sustaining a foot injury.[67]

Personal life[edit]

Coke became a father in 2007 and has a daughter.[68] Coke says his playing style is much suited to Claude Makélélé, but more suited to Steven Gerrard.[69]

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