John Cockerill (footballer)

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John Cockerill
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-07-12) 12 July 1961 (age 55)
Place of birth Cleethorpes, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980 Lincoln City 0 (0)
Boston Town
1982 Lincoln City 0 (0)
1983–1984 Grantham Town
King's Lynn
Alfreton Town
Stafford Rangers
1988–1992 Grimsby Town 107 (19)
Teams managed
1994 Grimsby Town (caretaker)
1996 Grimsby Town (caretaker)
2000 Grimsby Town (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Cockerill (born 12 July 1961) is an English former professional football player and manager. He is the son of Ron and brother of Glenn Cockerill, both also professional footballers. The end of his career came with a broken leg in 1991 against Bristol City; despite trying to regain full fitness, Cockerill never played another game.

After two abortive attempts at Lincoln City, Cockerill had a spell in the RAF and as a lorry driver, whilst continuing to play non-league football. In 1988, he was signed by Grimsby from Stafford Rangers for £21,500.[1]

The highlight of his playing career with Grimsby, was the two goals he scored in 1991 against Exeter City in the last game of the season to secure promotion to Division Two.

Cockerill has been caretaker manager of Grimsby on three separate occasions, stepping up from assistant manager, but left the club after missing out on the top job for a third time. In addition to these roles he was also at various times Football in the Community Coach, Youth Coach and Reserve Team Manager.


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