Cooke, Joe

Birth Date

5th February 1955


Dominica, Leeward Islands



Biographical Text

Joe Cooke briefly played for Exeter City during 1981/82. He arrived from Oxford United before leaving St James' Park to rejoin Bradford City where he had previously scored over sixty times in around 200 league games. He also appeared for Peterborough, Rochdale and Wrexham in a 500-game Football League career in which he scored nearly a hundred goals.

Joe began his career with Bradford City signing a full contract in May 1972 after working his way through the ranks as an apprentice. Making an immediate impact he enjoyed great success at Valley Parade making 204 league appearances and scoring 62 goals. Transferred to Peterborough United in January 1979, in a deal worth £45,000 which took former Grecian Lammie Robertson in the opposite direction, he moved onto Oxford United seven months later where he added another 72 league appearances and 13 goals.

Signing for Exeter City in a £10,000 transfer deal in June 1981, Joe made his Grecians debut against Huddersfield Town on 29 August 1981 but left the club in January 1982 after playing in seventeen of the opening twenty games of the season up until and including the Sourhend United game on 1 January 1982. He had scored three times, in consecutive matches, against Brentford, Burnley and Fulham. 

Returning to Bradford City, initially on a one month loan deal but then permanently for a fee of £10,000, Joe again became a first team regular with another 62 league appearances and six goals. A free transfer then took him to Rochdale in July 1984 for whom he played 75 league games before a final move to Wrexham in July 1986. 

Joe subsequently played non-league football for Liversedge before opening a health and fitness club.


Exeter City league games only






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