Andy Cook joined Exeter City from Southampton, where he had started his career, for a sizable fee as the club sought to establish itself in the third tier. Moving on to Swansea after two seasons, Andy later played for Portsmouth and Millwall before remaining in football as a physiotherapist.
Growing up in Romsey, Andy joined Southampton as a trainee in 1985 and, having become a full professional in July 1987, went on to make 16 league appearances for the Saints.
Having just turned twenty-two, and with his opportunities limited at the Dell, Andy was the subject of a successful £60,000 bid from Exeter City in September 1991. With the Grecians in the third-tier, and with Alan Ball freshly arrived at St James’ Park, this was a large fee by Exeter’s standards and Andy proved to be a consistent member of the side playing in the majority of the games as the Grecians finished 20th in his first season finished by 19th in his second.
Accepting an offer of £125,000 from Swansea, who had just missed promotion after reaching the play-offs, cash-strapped City allowed Andy to leave in July 1993. Suffering a broken leg with Swansea, Andy made little more than 60 league appearances during his time in South Wales prior to leaving for Portsmouth in December 1996 ahead of a further move to Millwall in January 1998. Dropping into non-league football, Andy had several good seasons with Salisbury City where he was later the club’s football in the community officer before managing the reserve team and moving into sports therapy and sports injury treatment. Gaining the necessary qualifications, Andy became physiotherapist at Woking - and then Eastleigh - alongside undertaking private practice work in Romsey and Salisbury.