Albert Cook (footballer)

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Albert Cook
Albert Cook.JPG
Cook in a Burslem Port Vale team photo.
Personal information
Full name Albert Cook[1]
Date of birth 1880[2]
Place of birth Burslem, England[1]
Date of death 27 September 1949(1949-09-27)[1]
Place of death Longsdon, Stoke-on-Trent, England[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
North Staffs Nomads
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1900–1906 Burslem Port Vale 26 (4)
1906 Stoke 1 (0)
1907 Stockport County 4 (0)
1907 North Staffs Nomads
1907 Burslem Port Vale 1 (1)
1908–1909 Stoke 11 (1)
1909–1911 Port Vale 31 (2)
Total 74+ (8+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Albert Cook (1880 – 27 September 1949) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Port Vale, Stockport County and Stoke.[1] He also played cricket for Staffordshire.

Football career[edit]

Cook played for North Staffs Nomads, before joining Burslem Port Vale in August 1900.[2] He made his debut at centre-half in a 3–1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on 21 September 1901, and went on to play nine Second Division and four FA Cup games in the 1901–02 campaign.[2] He played four league games in the 1902–03 season, and scored his first senior goal on 20 September, in a 3–0 win over Doncaster Rovers at the Athletic Ground.[2] He then featured five times in the 1904–05 campaign and ten times in the 1905–06 campaign, and claimed three goals against Clapton Orient, Glossop, and Hull City.[2] He joined rivals Stoke in February 1906, but featured in just one First Division game in the 1906–07 season, before moving on to Stockport County. He played four Second Division games for the "Hatters", and had a spell with North Staffs Nomads, before he made a brief return to Port Vale.[2] He returned to Stoke in 1908, and played 11 Birmingham & District League games in the 1908–09 season, scoring once against Stourbridge at the Victoria Ground.[1] He returned to Port Vale on a more permanent basis in January 1909, though by then the club had lost their Football League status.[2] Cook enjoyed regular football until he fell out of favour in September 1910 and was released in the summer of 1911.[2]

Cricket career[edit]

Cook played cricket for Staffordshire in the 1921 Minor Counties Cricket Championship; his brother, Evans Cook, also played cricket for Staffordshire.[3]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Albert Cook profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Burslem Port Vale 1901–02 Second Division 9 0 4 0 13 0
1902–03 Second Division 4 1 0 0 4 1
1903–04 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0
1904–05 Second Division 5 0 0 0 5 0
1905–06 Second Division 8 3 2 0 10 3
Total 26 4 6 0 32 4
Stoke 1906–07 First Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
Stockport County 1907–08 Second Division 4 0 1 0 5 0
Port Vale 1907–08 North Staffs League 1 1 0 0 1 1
1908–09 North Staffs League 8 0 0 0 8 0
1909–10 North Staffs League 19 2 0 0 19 2
1910–11 North Staffs League 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 32 3 0 0 32 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 65. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  3. ^ "Player profile: Albert Cook". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 November 2011. (Subscription required (help)).