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Cocker Hoop: The Biography of Les Cocker, Key Man for Ramsey and Revie

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His football career continued from 1953 to 1958 at Accrington Stanley and it was from here that he retired as a player. He went on to win the Youth Challenge Cup in 1958 by beating a Chelsea team that included Jimmy Greaves.

In another of Endeacott’s insightful interviews, former Leeds player Gerry Francis, provides an early assessment of Cocker’s impact at Elland Road. The great Leeds United side of the late sixties and seventies and the England World Cup winning team of 1966 are remembered for the men that managed them, Don Revie and Sir Alf Ramsey respectively. In a Under 23 friendly in Vienna, Alan Ball was sent off with Les providing a consoling arm to the distraught player. Born in Wolverhampton, Cocker began his career in the youth team of Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1956, playing in their 1958 FA Youth Cup triumph. Co-written with Dave Cocker, eldest of Les's three sons, the book takes us through Les's footballing career up to his untimely death in 1979.His novels include One Northern Soul , No More Heroes , Dirty Leeds , After Extra Time (Dirty Leeds Uncut) , Disrepute - Revie's England and The Gigante . In later life he lived at Newport, Shropshire until the time of his death in February 2017, aged 77. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket (if applicable) is included for hard covers.

And whilst there are various books about Revie and Ramsey detailing their respective playing and managerial careers, the story of the assistant to both these giants of the English game is pretty much unknown. Les Cocker signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers at the age of 15 in 1955 when the club was flying high in the old First Division. In 1969, he appeared as a substitute for Kidderminster Harriers in an FA Cup tie against Telford United at the latter's Bucks Head ground. Indeed throughout the book, the FA is not seen in a good light, with the institution in one incident more concerned with looking after the FA Council members than those on the frontline. It serves as a reminder that success in football extends beyond mere physical prowess; it requires careful attention to one's health and fitness regime.Cocker then played with Accrington Stanley, scoring 48 goals in 122 League games between 1953 and 1958. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

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