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

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However, with Endeacott having expressed this, from this point on for me as a reader, there was a nagging feeling that the book felt like it had to come up with a justification to dispel the ‘fictional’ Cocker figure. Now as a non-Leeds United fan and given my view that the film is deeply fictionalised for cinematic effect, I don’t have the same misgivings or deep rooted anger towards the film as many of the Elland Road faithful have. His novels include One Northern Soul , No More Heroes , Dirty Leeds , After Extra Time (Dirty Leeds Uncut) , Disrepute - Revie's England and The Gigante . Seemingly forever maligned as being too ‘professional’ and obsessed with money, Revie learns that two reasons for England’s downfall have been the lack of professionalism and the mismanagement of the sport by its penny-pinching and not entirely honest rulers. He left Leeds in 1974 to become full-time Assistant Manager to Don Revie with the English national team however when Revie left in 1977 to become manager of the United Arab Emirates national team, he went with him as his assistant.

It worked, as they won 1-0, but in the final the magic powers apparently evaporated in 85 degree heat and Arcadia lost 3-0. July 1974, Don Revie leaves Leeds United to take over the England job from the sacked Sir Alf Ramsey. 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. Like many men of the time, we discover that he didn’t like to talk about his wartime experiences and in understated fashion referred to his injury as, “just a graze” indicative of a stoic nature. One such and relating to Cocker’s time at Accrington as a player, is with the ex-Lancashire and England player and until recently Sky Cricket Commentator, David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd.A Cocker played for Manvers Main in the 1942 Montagu Cup final who had been on the books at Arsenal. There is also a telling story offering another view to the alternative as Cocker as just a tough trainer. It shows how the world of club and international football differ with the lack of regular contact that was enjoyed at Leeds not able to be replicated for England, and as Endeacott reflects, “recreating such wonderful alchemy was a romantic but implausible idea at international level. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item.

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. Meanwhile Les was starting on a path to connection with the England national team set-up, becoming trainer to the Under 23 side in November 1961. As the players gather around, their faces filled with curiosity and determination, it is evident that this discussion holds immense importance for their development both on and off the field. Chapter 4 sees Leeds start to make their make on the English game with a first appearance in the 1964/65 FA Cup Final, although ultimately losing 2-1 to Liverpool.However, for the England national side dark clouds gather as they miss out on qualification for the 1974 World Cup finals in West Germany. He was a key player, turning out over 200 times for the Town, mostly at wing half, forming a half back line with John Timmins and Jimmy Kerr. Once again readers get to see another part of Cocker’s range of skills, with Cohen stating, “he (Cocker) knew what an individual needed, he was very good that way, spotting areas that a player might need to work on. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.

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