Andy Cooke

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Andy Cooke
Personal information
Full name Andrew Roy Cooke
Date of birth (1974-01-20) 20 January 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Market Drayton, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1991 Telford United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 Newtown 80 (35)
1995–2000 Burnley 172 (51)
2000–2003 Stoke City 88 (21)
2003–2004 Busan I'Cons 42 (19)
2005–2006 Bradford City 37 (5)
2006 Darlington (loan) 14 (3)
2006–2008 Shrewsbury Town 48 (15)
2011–2012 Market Drayton Town
Total 481 (149)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Andrew Roy Cooke[1] (born 20 January 1974) is an English former footballer, who played as a striker for Newtown, Burnley, Stoke City, Busan I'Cons (South Korea), Bradford City, Darlington and Shrewsbury Town.

Career[edit]

Born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Cooke was once a trainee at local side Telford United F.C..[2] He started his footballing career at Welsh semi-professional club Newtown. He was a prolific goalscorer in the Welsh Premier League which attracted the attention of several Football League clubs. Burnley signed Cooke in 1995, and he made 172 league appearances and scored 51 goals for them, forging a partnership with Andy Payton.

In December 2000 he joined the club he grew up supporting, Stoke City, for a fee of £300,000. He spent two and a half years at the Britannia Stadium, making 102 appearances and scoring 23 goals. On 19 July 2003, he moved to South Korean K-League club Busan I'Cons, along with fellow countryman Jamie Cureton.[3]

On his return to England in January 2005, Cooke signed for Bradford City, playing 37 games and scoring 5 goals. He had a three-month spell on loan at Darlington before signing for Shrewsbury Town for free on 27 July 2006.[4]

Cooke made his Shrewsbury debut on 26 August 2006 as a half-time substitute for Kelvin Langmead in a 1–0 defeat at Bristol Rovers. He started the next match, a 1–0 defeat to Lincoln City, and in his third match scored a hat-trick in a 3–0 win against Stockport County.

On 1 January 2007, Cooke scored his 100th professional goal during a 4–2 win over Stockport County. He also scored a hat-trick in that game, giving him the distinction of having achieved this feat both home and away against Stockport County in the 2006–07 season. Having failed to score for three months, Cooke came on as a substitute in the League Two playoff semi-final second leg to score both goals in a 2–1 aggregate victory over MK Dons.[5]

At the end of the season, Cooke was offered a new one-year contract, but warned by manager Gary Peters that he would not be guaranteed a regular place in the first-team squad. Cooke decided to stay with Shrewsbury Town, and Peters went on to say that it would not surprise him if he ended the season as the team's top goalscorer.[6]

Cooke scored twice in Shrewsbury Town's 2007–08 opening-day victory at Lincoln City, but then sustained a hamstring injury in a League Cup fixture against Colchester United three days later.[7] He resumed full training in early December,[8] and his comeback was complete when he returned to first-team action on 26 December 2007. Although he only played the first half against Stockport County, Cooke marked his return with a goal, his seventh in his last three games against that opposition.

On 31 January 2008, Cooke was set to sign a one-and-a-half-year contract with Notts County, but the deal fell through because of a "late hitch".[9]

On 15 April 2008, Cooke was released by Shrewsbury Town by mutual consent, after being informed his contract would not be renewed.[10] He trained with Kidderminster Harriers, but wanted to continue playing in the Football League; however, when no club came in for him, he announced his retirement as a player on 28 August 2008.[11]

He came out of retirement in November 2011 to sign for his local club Market Drayton Town as a Director of Football and also as a player.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Cooke grew up supporting Stoke City.[14] After retiring from playing Cooke emigrated to Canada and began working in the Group Insurance industry.[14] Lives back in Market Drayton now

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Andy Cooke profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Burnley 1995–96 Second Division 23 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 24 5
1996–97 Second Division 31 13 3 0 3 1 0 0 37 14
1997–98 Second Division 34 16 2 1 2 1 5 2 43 20
1998–99 Second Division 36 9 0 0 1 1 1 0 38 10
1999–2000 Second Division 37 7 4 1 0 0 0 0 41 8
2000–01 First Division 11 2 0 0 4 3 0 0 15 5
Total 172 51 10 2 10 6 6 2 198 57
Stoke City 2000–01 Second Division 22 6 0 0 0 0 5 1 27 7
2001–02 Second Division 35 9 4 1 1 0 3 0 43 10
2002–03 First Division 31 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 32 6
Total 88 21 4 1 2 0 8 1 102 23
Busan I'Cons 2003 K-League 22 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 23 14
2004 K-League 20 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 6
Total 42 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 43 20
Bradford City 2004–05 League One 20 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 4
2005–06 League One 17 1 2 1 2 0 2 0 23 2
Total 37 5 2 1 2 0 2 0 43 6
Darlington (loan) 2005–06 League Two 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
Total 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
Shrewsbury Town 2006–07 League Two 34 10 2 0 0 0 3 2 39 12
2007–08 League Two 14 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 15 5
Total 48 15 2 0 1 0 3 2 54 17
Career Total 401 114 19 5 15 6 19 5 454 130
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs, and Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J, ed. (2006). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2006–07. Edinburgh: Mainstream. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-84596-111-4. 
  2. ^ "Cooke joins Shrews for pre-season". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "8 years ago today: Bye Bye Cooke". Football.co.uk. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Transfers - July 2006". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "MK Dons 1-2 Shrewsbury". BBC. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Hudson, Chris (6 July 2007). "Cooke signs new Shrews deal". Shropshire Star. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Cookey Out?". Shrewbury Town F.C. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Andy Cooke". Shrewbury Town F.C. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Notts Move For Cooke Falls Through". Notts County F.C. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Shrews striker Cooke leaves club". BBC Sport. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  11. ^ Parker, Simon (28 August 2008). "Cooke calls it a day". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "Striker Andy Cooke signs for Market Drayton Town". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "'Cookey' joins Drayton in fight for survival". Market Drayton Town F.C. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "#SociallySpeaking With Andy Cooke". Stoke City F.C. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 

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