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Mike Cook - Defender / Midfielder

Debut : Bilston Town (A) - 10/11/01

Last Game : Cirencester Town (H) - 30/03/02

When Mike Cook signed for Shortwood United he was lauded as the biggest signing in the clubs 100 year history, as the boy who grew up in Uplands in Stroud had appeared in the Premiership alongside Dion Dublin and for the England u-19 team with David Batty.

Cook began his career with Wolves as a teenager under Tommy Docherty before making the move across the Midlands to Coventry City.

It was with the Sky Blues where he broke into the first team making his debut against Leicester City in the Milk Cup and playing a number of top flight games. However, a back injury saw him leave the club on a free transfer and go on to Cambridge United.

Sadly he was forced to retire at 23 and took an insurance payout. He remained at Cambridge as their Football in the Community officer, discovering Danny Granville (Manchester city), Jody Craddock (Sunderland) and Micah Hyde (Watford).

Cook returned at non-league level with Martin O'Neill's Wycome Wanderers followed by a spell at Corby Town. Cook's next port of call was at Cambridge City.

QPR manager Gerry Francis came in for Cook and the Londoners paid off his insurance to allow him to play again. However, a broken ankle ended his stay at Loftus Road. Five operations later and Cook teamed up with Jewson league Ely City and Histon.

He didn't play for Shortwood as often as they would've liked though as his job as Cheltenham Town's Football in the Community officer dictated that when Cheltenham are at home he had to be at the ground, meaning he missed a fair few Saturday matches.

Chris Burns though decided to take a chance on him, with his experience valuable to his young team.

Cook made occasional appearances for City at the back but was shown up for his woeful lack of pace and was more of an asset in his role on the touchline.

However, he did himself no favours when he reacted to a drunken fan at Bedworth, an incident which ended with an alleged assault on the spectator.

His time at City ended when, along with Chris Gardner he took on the vacant managers role at Cinderford Town.
 Mike Cook

Coventry City, York City (loan 6-1), Cambridge United (17-1), York City (loan 6-0), Corby Town, QPR, Ely City, Histon, Shortwood United, Gloucester City, Cinderford Town

Appearances & Goals:

Season Apps Subs Goals
 2001/02     7      6      -  
 2002/03     -      -      -  
Total    7      6      -  

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Page last updated : 17th January 2010

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