Stephen Lee Cooke (born 15 February 1983) is a former professional footballer who is now retired. Once considered a bright prospect for the future of English football, Cooke's career was seriously affected by a number of injuries.
|Full name||Stephen Lee Cooke|
|Date of birth||15 February 1983|
|Place of birth||Walsall, England|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|FA National School of Excellence|
|2002||→ Bournemouth (loan)||7||(0)|
|2004||→ Bournemouth (loan)||3||(0)|
|2004–2005||→ Wycombe Wanderers (loan)||6||(0)|
|2007||→ Torquay United (loan)||12||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:27, 27 May 2009 (UTC)|
Cooke was born in Walsall and began his career as a trainee at the FA National School of Excellence in Lilleshall and then signed as a trainee at Manchester United. He moved on to hometown club Walsall before joining Aston Villa. Cooke turned professional in July 2000. He made his first team debut on 2 August 2000, coming on as a second-half substitute for Julian Joachim in Villa's 2–1 defeat at home to Celta Vigo in the UEFA Intertoto Cup semi-final second-leg.
On 1 January 2003 he finally made his Premier League debut for Aston Villa, coming as a late substitute for Ulises De la Cruz in Villa's 2–0 home win over Bolton Wanderers. He made two further appearances that season for Aston Villa, as a late substitute for Dion Dublin in the 1–0 defeat at home to Manchester United in March and as a second-half substitute for Stefan Moore in the 3–1 defeat away to Leeds United on the final day of the season.
He rejoined Bournemouth again on loan in January 2004 and signed on loan for Wycombe Wanderers in December of the same year. Cooke's Aston Villa career came to an end when he was released at the end of the 2004–05 season.
On 16 January 2007, he joined Torquay United on loan until the end of the season. Cooke made the good start to his Torquay United career scoring on his debut, but the club lost 5–2 away to Notts County on 19 January. He returned to Bournemouth and was released at the end of the season.
Both trials came to nothing and he resigned for Halesowen Town.
In April 2009, he signed for Weymouth until the end of the season, but only made four appearances.
Return to HalesowenEdit
For 2009–10, Cooke returned to Halesowen Town where he joined up with former Aston Villa teammate Stefan Moore. However, the second spell was also unsuccessful for Cooke who was released on 17 September 2009 after the club entered administration.
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- Torquay sign winger Cooke on loan. BBC News (16 January 2007).
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