Cochrane is the son of the Stewart Cochrane who made a solitary first team appearance for Queen of the South in 1957.
Cochrane's career ran parallel to the early career of Ted McMinn. Both played for the same team in amateur football in the Dumfries area after leaving school and both joined Glenafton Athletic at the same time. Both then left Glens to join Queen of the South. As a target man forward, Cochrane fed off the service of McMinn and Jimmy Robertson. Both mentioned Cochrane's contribution when later interviewed by the club as did manager Nobby Clark. After winning promotion from the Scottish Second Division in 1986, Cochrane's career was cut short due to serious injury.
Queen of the South – Scottish Second Division – promotion 1985/86
- Ted McMinn, Jimmy Robertson and Nobby Clark career interviews Archived September 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Stewart Cochrane at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database