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

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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.

This interview forms part of Chapter 2, taking Cocker’s story up to the point of him accepting his first coaching role at Luton Town in 1959.Following a generous Foreword from ex-Leeds United player John Giles (as he signs himself in the book, rather than the Johnny familiar in his playing days) about his time working at the Elland Road club with Les Cocker, there follows an Introduction from Endeacott. The campaign attracted support from former Leeds players including Eddie Gray, Peter Lorimer and Johnny Giles, as well as British politicians including Gerry Sutcliffe and Richard Caborn. After retiring as a player, Cocker became a coach, working with club sides Luton Town and Leeds United, before working with the victorious England team at the 1966 World Cup.

Cocker left Leeds in 1974 to become full-time Assistant Manager to Don Revie with the England national team. 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. Born in Wolverhampton, Cocker began his career in the youth team of Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1956, playing in their 1958 FA Youth Cup triumph.Cocker then played with Accrington Stanley, scoring 48 goals in 122 League games between 1953 and 1958. This turned out to be his only appearance for Wolves' first team and he was released at the end of the season.

His factual works include Hunting The Hooligans (co-written), A Celebration - the Official Leeds United Centenary Book , The Leeds United Collection and Peaches, A Chronicle of The Stranglers . The main storyline of the book consists of the trials and tribulations endured by Revie’s England from 1974 to 1977, the High Court in 1979 is revisited too to recount Revie’s appeal case against the FA after their 10-year ban on him from club management after he walked out on England. He joined local non-league side Wellington Town immediately after, playing in over 200 games during the 1960–61 season.

He turned professional in Summer 1958 and eventually made his senior debut on 4 February 1961 in a 2–1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers. The photograph beautifully encapsulates the essence of sport - dedication, discipline, and teamwork. July 1974, Don Revie leaves Leeds United to take over the England job from the sacked Sir Alf Ramsey. The chapter also looks at England’s preparation for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico and the unsuccessful defence of the Jules Rimet trophy. His football career continued from 1953 to 1958 at Accrington Stanley and it was from here that he retired as a player.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Les Cocker signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers at the age of 15 in 1955 when the club was flying high in the old First Division. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.Chapter 3 sees him make the move to Leeds United in July 1960 who along with Cocker’s previous employer, Luton Town had been relegated from the First Division at the end of the 1959/60 campaign. 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. WIKITREE PROTECTS MOST SENSITIVE INFORMATION BUT ONLY TO THE EXTENT STATED IN THE TERMS OF SERVICE AND PRIVACY POLICY. Numerous reports and theories abound about Revie’s time as England manager: the players he selected or dropped, the tactics, the dossiers, money, why he resigned and if he was pushed, and the ‘deceitful’ manner of his leaving.

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