Mike Cook (footballer)

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Mike Cook
Personal information
Full name Michael John Cook[1]
Date of birth (1968-10-18) 18 October 1968 (age 48)[1]
Place of birth Stroud, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Wolverhampton Wanderers
000?–1985 Coventry City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1989 Coventry City 0 (0)
1987 York City (loan) 6 (1)
1989–1991 Cambridge United 17 (1)
1990 York City (loan) 6 (0)
1990–1991 Wycombe Wanderers ? (?)
1993–1994 Corby Town ? (?)
Teams managed
2004–2006 Cinderford Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael John "Mike" Cook (born 18 October 1968) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as a midfielder for York City and Cambridge United.[3][4]


Born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Cook started his career in the youth team at Coventry City where he won an FA Youth Cup medal. After a brief spell on loan to York City he signed for Cambridge United on a free transfer in 1989.

Cook's career at the Abbey Stadium was blighted by injury; he made only 17 appearances in two seasons. His one goal for the club was a vital one however, scoring at Aldershot to help cement a play-off place at the end of the 1989–90 season. He was also a substitute at Wembley Stadium for the 1–0 win over Chesterfield in the final.

After another loan spell at York City, a spinal injury forced Cook's retirement from the professional game at the age of 22.[5] He had spells in non-League football with Wycombe Wanderers, Corby Town, Cambridge City, and many other clubs, and worked for Cambridge United as Football in the Community officer.[6] Cook took up a similar post at Cheltenham Town in 1999,[5] alongside spells as assistant manager of Gloucester City and, from September 2004, as manager of Cinderford Town.[7] After ten years with Cheltenham, Cook joined the staff of the Professional Footballers' Association in July 2009 as a regional coach educator.[5]


  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 135. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ Jarred, Martin; Windross, Dave (1997). Citizens and Minstermen, A Who's Who of York City FC 1922–1997. Citizen Publications. p. 24. ISBN 0-9531005-0-2. 
  3. ^ "York City : 1946/47 – 2003/04". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Cambridge United : 1970/71 – 2004/05". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Cook flies Robins' nest for dream role". Gloucestershire Echo. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Player Profile Mike Cook". NonLeague Daily. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "2004/05 News Archive". Zamaretto League. 18 September 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2010.