richard cooke - fact file

1982 - 1987        winger


Born on 4th September 1965 in Islington, North London, England.

Height : - .m  (5' 6")

Weight : -  - kgs    (9st 0lbs)


A quick and skinny winger, who made a big impact when he first broke into the Spurs side, but like many players who came through the ranks, he was replaced by an expensive replacement.

On leaving school, he was chased by a number of top clubs, but chose his local side and went through the England youth ranks, being capped at Youth and Under-19 levels.  When he emerged from the Tottenham youth system, he looked like a much younger boy than a top flight footballer, but he possessed blistering pace and an ability to dribble the ball past players using the balance of his body to go past them. 

His debut at Luton Town in the First Division was  match to remember.  It seemed as though the Luton players thought they would be able to intimidate Cooke, but flying along the sandy surface on the flanks, he stripped them for speed and scored one and was influential in the 4-2 victory at Kenilworth Road. 

The fact that Richard's breakthrough came at a time when Spurs were bringing through wingers of his type helped.  He was paired on the other flank by Ally Dick during his debut and Paul Moran came through a little afterwards.  His impact waned a little and he dropped down to the reserves, but was still gaining attention, as he won an England UInder-21 cap.  When manager David Pleat played with a loan forward, the system ruled out old fashioned wingers and Cooke was loaned out to Birmingham City to get some first team football before he was sold to AFC Bournemouth, where Harry Redknapp harnessed his speed to provide chances for his forwards.  It suited Cooke's abilities and the team thrived, going on to win the Third Division championship in his first season there.

After two years at Dean Court, the winger subsequently moved on to Luton Town and then returned to Bournemouth in 1991, before injury forced him to retire in 1993.

After leaving the game, Richard did the Knowledge and worked as a London taxi driver.



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (apprentice) July 1982 - - - -
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR(professional) May 1983 ?? 19th November 1983 Luton Town (First Division) (away) won 4-2 (scored once) 12 + 3 as a sub 2
Birmingham City September 1986 Loan ??  5 0
AFC Bournemouth January 1987 50,000 ??  ?? ??
Luton Town March 1989 ?? ??  ?? ??
AFC Bournemouth March 1991 ?? ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Birmingham City (loan)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
9 + 2 as a sub League appearances; 2 goals
1 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
1 +1 as a sub League Cup appearances; 0 goals
1 + 2 as a sub European appearances; 0 goals
4 +11 as a sub Other appearances; 2 goals
AFC Bournemouth
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Luton Town

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
-  Other appearances; goals
AFC Bournemouth
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals

England international
0 full caps;  0 goals
1 Under-21 cap; 0 goals
Debut : -  March 1986 v Denmark (European Championship) (Copenhagen)  won 1-0
?? Under-19 caps; ?? goals
?? Youth caps; ?? goals
Third Division Championship winners medal 1987-88  (AFC Bournemouth)
- Cup winners medal 19---

- appearance




Lived in Bournemouth, where he raced lawnmowers for a hobby to raise money for charity.

After injury forced his retirement, he did the Knowledge in London, but moved back down to Dorset and his children Becky and Jacie went to a good school there.

Works three days a week in London on the taxi and daughter Becky goes to University in London.

Jacie has a son Bradley.

Still playing for the Spurs legends.



What they said about Richard Cooke
A brief encounter ...  27.11.2008 ... in an e-mail from Chris X (from Norway)

"I came over from Norway and went to the Lane last Sunday to see the Blackburn game.
After the game I was in a good mood (thank you Pav !) and kept drinking up in Camden Town.
When I finally was going home early next morning I hailed a random cab on the street outside a pub. The cabbie welcomed me by saying he'd always have the time to drive a "tired" Spurs supporter home. We got talking and he told me his name which to me didn't ring a bell at the time - I blame on the fact that I was plastered and barely able to keep the conversation going.
The cabbie must have thought I was bit dense towards the end.  God knows he gave me plenty of hints as to who he was ! He got me safely back to my hotel in no time, gave me his own match day programme from the Carling Cup match against Liverpool (4-2) and gave me the web address to
It turns out my friendly and accommodating cabbie was the former Spurs player Richard Cooke ! A happy coincidence ...
Thank you Mr Cooke !"

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