12 August 2006

Mick Cochrane

Gifted and versatile back, Mick Cochrane was one of the outstanding Irish League players at the turn of the twentieth century…

Name: Michael Cochrane
Born: c. 1875, Belfast
Position: Left-Back / Left-Half
Died: 11 or 13 April 1912

Representative Honours: Ireland: 8 Full Caps (1898-1901); Irish League: 4 Caps (1898-1900).
Club Honours: (with Glentoran) Irish League Champion 1896/97; (with Distillery) Irish League Champion 1898/99; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1899/1900; Belfast Charities Cup Winner 1899/00.


Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Milltown
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Distillery
95/96
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Glentoran
96/97
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* 8/0
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Belfast Celtic
96/97
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Distillery
97/98-99/00
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Leicester Fosse
00/01
May-1900
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27/0
1/0
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Middlesbrough
00/01
Mar-1901
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6/0
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Distillery
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Oct-1901
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# 99/2
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Belfast Celtic
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TOTALS
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* all games; # all games, all spells.

Biography:
Mick Cochrane began his career with former Irish League club Milltown FC, before arriving at Distillery at the tail-end of the 1895/96 season with the club wrapping up a three trophy winning campaign. After just two appearances for the Whites, Cochrane signed for Glentoran for the 1896/97 season. His stay at the Oval was also brief, encompassing just eight appearances, enough for an Irish League winner’s medal, before he moved across the city to join Belfast Celtic.

After his year away, Cochrane returned to Distillery for the 1897/98 season, and quickly flourished. Slotting in as full-back or wing-half, on either side as required, he helped Distillery to Irish League, Co. Antrim Shield and Belfast Charities Cup successes. His time at Grosvenor also brought Cochrane representative honours, with four Inter-League appearances and seven international caps; he was also given the Ireland captaincy.

In 1900 Mick Cochrane left for England, and Second Division Leicester Fosse. Whilst at Filbert Street, Cochrane had the honour of becoming Leicester’s first international when he took to the field for a game against Scotland in February 1901 – the 11-0 defeat was to be his last international appearance. A brief move to Middlesbrough at the tail end of the 1900/01 season brought to an end Cochrane’s Football League career, and he returned to Ireland were he played out his days with spells back at both Distillery and Belfast Celtic.


Ireland Cap Details:
18-02-1898 Wales... A W 1- 0 BC
05-03-1898 England. H L 2- 3 BC
26-03-1898 Scotland H L 0- 3 BC
18-02-1899 England. A L 2-13 BC
24-02-1900 Wales... A L 0- 2 BC
03-03-1900 Scotland H L 0- 3 BC
17-03-1900 England. H L 0- 2 BC
23-02-1901 Scotland A L 0-11 BC

Summary: 8/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 7.


Additional club details by Martin O'Connor.

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