16 September 2006

Adrian Coote

From promising youngster to non-league disappointment. Adrian Coote was a star with Northern Ireland’s Under-21s, but has since drifted from club-to-club…

Name: Adrian Coote
Born: 30 September 1978, Great Yarmouth, England
Height: 6.02 ft
Weight: 12.00 st
Position: Forward

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 6 Full Caps (1999-2000), 12 Under-21 Caps / 4 Goals (1998-1999), 1 Under-17 Cap.

Club Career:

Clubs............ --Seasons-- Signed --Fee-- -League- FA Cup FL Cup Other
Norwich City..... 97/98-00/01 Aug-96 ..Youth 20(33)/3 0(1)/0 1(5)/0
Roda JC.......... 00/01 ..... Sep-01...Trial (Netherlands)
Colchester United 01/02-03/04 Dec-01 £50,000 12(23)/4 ...... 0(1)/0
Bristol Rovers... 02/03 ..... Oct-02 ...Loan .4 (1)/1 ...... ...... 1(0)/0
Wivenhoe Town.... 03/04-04/05 Oct-03 ...Free (Isthmian League/Southern League)
Dereham Town..... 04/05 ..... Dec-04 ...Free (Eastern Counties League)
Wroxham.......... 05/06-06/07 Jun-05 ...Free (Eastern Counties League)
Acles Rangers.... 06/07............. ...Loan (Sunday League)
Gorleston........ 07/08 ..... Aug-07....Free (Eastern Counties League)
Rampart Signs .............................. (Sunday League)
Carpathians ................. Jan-09 ....... (Great Yarmouth & District League)
Totals........... .................. £50,000 36(57)/8 0(1)/0 1(5)/0 1(0)/0

Biography:
One of the first stars of Northern Irelands Under-21 team, Adrian Coote’s four strikes at this level (including one in the famous 3-1 victory over France) was a record only equalled by David Healy and since Tommy Stewart. Lawrie McMenemy must have seen something in the lanky forward, possibly as a long-term replacement for Iain Dowie, and selected him as a starter for a friendly match against Canada. It was to be his only start at full international level, and the remainder of his caps came as a second-half substitute through the end of Mcmenemy’s management, and the first few months of Sammy McIlroy’s.

Coote failed to deliver on his early promise at Norwich, and joined Colchester United for a club record fee of £50,000 in December 2001. Since then his career has dipped further, following a loan spell with Bristol Rovers in October 2002, Coote moved into non-League football with Wivenhoe Town (October 2003), then Dereham Town (December 2004) and more recently Wroxham. He has continued his non-league and Sunday league odyssey with Acles Rangers, Gorleston, Rampart Signs and Carpathians in and around Norfolk.

An article on the Irish FA’s website in January 2006 quoted Coote as being keen to move back to full-time football, and have another crack at international level, but that seems ever more like a mere pipe-dream. With his football career slowing down due to injuries Coore became a sales director for an insurance company. In 2009 he appeared on cult TV show Countdown.

The excellent
Flown From The Nest website keeps a keen eye on former Norwich City players, so you may find up-to-date information on Coote’s career here.

Northern Ireland Cap Details:
27-04-1999 Canada...... (h) D 1-1 FR
29-05-1999 Rep. Ireland (a) W 1-0 FR. sub
09-10-1999 Finland..... (a) L 1-4 ECQ sub
23-02-2000 Luxembourg.. (a) W 3-1 FR. sub
28-03-2000 Malta....... (a) W 3-0 FR. sub
26-04-2000 Hungary..... (h) L 0-1 FR. sub

Summary: 1(5)/0. Won 3, Drew 1, Lost 2.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Adrian Coote, another NCFC failure which means he'll probably end up playing 4 Lowestoft Town like the rest of them!(sorry Flem!)

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