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 30)[1]
Place of birth Westminster, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town
Number 16
Youth career
2002–2004 Queens Park Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Kingstonian 28 (5)
2005–2007 Mansfield Town 70 (5)
2007–2009 Northampton Town 52 (7)
2009–2010 Motherwell 32 (2)
2010–2015 Sheffield Wednesday 84 (6)
2011–2012 Bury (loan) 30 (6)
2012–2013 Swindon Town (loan) 4 (0)
2015 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 4 (0)
2015– Ipswich Town 9 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:07, 29 January 2016 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Giles Christopher Coke (born 3 June 1986) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ipswich Town.

Club career[edit]

Coke began his career as a youth player at Queens Park Rangers in 2003, before teaming up with his older brother Jon at non-league side Kingstonian a year later.

Mansfield Town[edit]

Coke was soon snapped up by Mansfield Town and signed his first professional contract on 31 March 2005.[2] He scored his first goal for the club in the second round of the League Cup in the 1-0 win against Southampton,[3] which still heralds fond memories for Coke. He then went on to score two goals in two appearances against Leyton Orient and Shrewsbury Town respectively, before being linked with several Championship League clubs, including: Southampton, Reading, Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In April 2006, Coke turned down a new two-year contract with The Stags, but was persuaded by manager Peter Shirtliff to sign a one-year contract to remain at Field Mill for another year. However, during the 2006/7 season, Coke suffered an injury that sidelined him for most of the season. His misfortunate continued the following season, which resulted in limited appearances for the club. Despite this, Coke had still impressed enough to entice other clubs; most notably Wycombe Wanderers, to want to sign him.[4]

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.[5] 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%.[6]

Coke remained on the sideline at the start of the season after having a further operation that could keep out for a long time.[7] In early October, Coke was showing signs of recovery and fully fit to make a return to training.[8] 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."[9] 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.[10][11] 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.[12] Since his debut, Coke quickly made an impact and insists he not a "next Bradley Johnson."[13] Coke scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–0 win over Leyton Orient on 25 January 2008.[14] Coke scored four more goals later in the 2007–08 season against Gillingham,[15] Hartlepool United,[16] Cheltenham Town[17] and Oldham Athletic.[18]

Coke kick-started the 2008-09 scoring in a 2–1 win over Swindon Town on 21 October 2008.[19] After doubling his goalscoring tally in a 4–4 draw against Scunthorpe United on 13 December 2008.,[20] Cook sustained an unfortunate calf injury that sidelined him for the reminder of the season.[21]

Due to Coke's good performance for Northampton, he was offered a new contract by the club[22] and signed a contract with the club on 16 June 2009.[23] However, Coke reportedly turned down a new contract for 'The Cobblers', 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.

Coke made his European debut for the club against Steaua București but they proved to be too strong for The Steelmen after their lost 5-1 on aggregate. 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.[24]

He opened his scoring account for Motherwell, after netting twice a thrilling 6–6 draw against Hibernian on 5 May 2010.[25] Coke was a regular fixture for The Steelmen, and enjoyed his time at Fir Park. He was offered a new contract with the club, but moved back to England to sign for Sheffield Wednesday in July 2010.

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Coke signed for Sheffield Wednesday under freedom of contract in July 2010.[26] Coke made his debut for Sheffield Wednesday in a 2–0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge on 7 August 2010. 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.[27] Coke went to make 27 appearance for the club and scoring 4 including against Brighton & Hove Albion,[28] Hartlepool United,[29] Rochdale[30] and Plymouth Arygle.[31]

At the end of the 2013–14 season, Coke signed a two-year contract extension with the Owls in June 2013[32] 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.[33]

Coke scored the first goal of the 2014–15 season, after The Owls beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1–0.[34] As a result of his performance, Coke was named in the Football League Team of the Week.[35] Coke's goal was later named as Sheffield Wednesday's Goal of 2014.[36]

Loan Spells[edit]

After one season at Hillsborough, Coke went on loan to Bury until January 2012.[37] That was later extended until the end of the 2011–12 season.[38] 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.[39] 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.[40]

On 31 August 2012, Coke signed for Swindon on loan from Sheffield Wednesday until January 2013.[41] 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.[42] After making four appearances, Coke returned to his parent club on 5 October 2012.

On 5 March 2015, Coke joined Bolton Wanderers on an emergency loan deal until the end of the 2014–15 season.[43] He made his Bolton Wanderers debut on 11 March 2015, in a 1–0 loss against Blackburn Rovers.[44] In total, he made four appearances for the club before returning to his parent club.

Ipswich Town[edit]

On 3 August 2015, Coke joined Ipswich Town on a two-year deal. He made his Blues' debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carling Cup.[45]

Personal life[edit]

Coke became a father in 2007 and now has a son and two daughters.

References[edit]

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