15 October 2006

Terry Cochrane

One of the many youngsters to be talked of as "the next George Best", Terry Cochrane inevitably failed to live up to the early hype, but did make a telling contribution to Northern Ireland's footballing history...

Name: Terence George Cochrane
Born: 23 January 1953, Killyleagh
Height: 5.07½ ft
Weight: 10.09 st
Position: Winger

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 26 Full Caps/1 Goal (1975-1984).
Club Honours: (with Coleraine) Irish Cup Winner 1974/75; Gold Cup Winner 1975/76; Ulster Cup Winner 1975/76; (with Billingham) Northern League Champion 1988/89.

Club Career:

Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
FL Cup
Europe
Other
Derry City
-
-
Youth
-
-
-
-
-
Nottingham.Forest
70/71
-
Trial
0 (0)/ 0
-
-
-
-
Linfield
71/72-73/74
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Everton
72/73
-
Trial
0 (0)/ 0
-
-
-
-
Coleraine
73/74-76/77
Oct-73
-
-
-
-
4(0)/2
-
Burnley
76/77-78/79
Oct-76
-
62 (5)/13
4(1)/0
7(0)/4
-
6(0)/1
Middlesbrough
78/79-83/84
Oct-78
£233k
96(15)/ 7
12(0)/0
5(0)/1
-
-
Eastern Athletic
1983
-
Loan
12 (-)/ 8
(Hong Kong)
-
-
Gillingham
83/84-85/86
Oct-83
-
105 (2)/17
13(0)/3
3(0)/0
-
3(0)/1
Dallas Sidekicks
1986
-
-
-
(USA)
-
-
-
Coleraine
86/87
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Millwall
86/87
Nov-86
-
1 (0)/ 0
-
-
-
-
Hartlepool United
86/87
Jan-87
-
2 (0)/ 0
-
-
-
-
Billingham Synthonia
-
-
-
(Northern League)
-
-
Marske United
-
-
-
-
(Wearside League)
-
-
South Bank
92/93
-
-
-
(Northern League)
-
-
Ferryhill Athletic
-
-
-
-
(Northern League)
-
-
TOTALS
-
£-
278(22)/45
29(1)/7
15(0)/5
4(0)/2
9(0)/2

Biography:
Terry Cochrane started out as a youngster with Derry City and had been rejected after a months trial with Everton, then managed by Billy Bingham, for "not having the right build" to play in midfield. Cochrane returned to the Irish League to play for Linfield, and then Coleraine, thinking his dream of English football was over. At Coleraine, under the tutelage of former Northern Ireland boss Bertie Peacock, Cochrane developed into a fine winger and was capped for the first time in October 1975 against Norway.

In October 1976 Cochrane moved to Burnley, then playing in Division Two. With Burnley he became a much sought after player, his scintillating displays aiding Burnley in their survival from relegation, and Middlesbrough paid a club record fee of £233,333 for him in October 1978. This was also a record fee for a Northern Ireland player and his debut came in a 2-0 home win over Norwich City on October 14th. After five years at Ayresome Park and a brief spell playing in Hong Kong, Cochrane moved to Gillingham in October 1983.

Cochrane was never really an established member of the Northern Ireland team, indeed half of his 26 caps came as a substitute. He will however be remembered for his goal against England during the 1980 British Championships. The goal came nine minutes after he had come on as a sub, and just sixty seconds after the English had scored, to earn Northern Ireland a crucial 1-1 draw as they went on to win the Championships for the first time in 66 years.

A hamstring injury picked up in a warm-up match against France ruled Cochrane out of the 1982 World Cup squad after playing in all but two of the qualifiers. He was capped just twice more after that World Cup series, acting as Martin O’Neill’s deputy in a British Championship game against Scotland in December 1983, as Northern Ireland won the trophy; and as substitute for Gerry Armstrong in a European Championship qualifier against Finland in May 1984. After failing to make the 1986 World Cup squad he spent that summer with Dallas, before short spells with Millwall (November 1986) and Hartlepool (January 1987). Later Cochrane moved into non-league football with Billingham Synthonia, coached the Saudi Arabian Military team, and had a spell a player-manager of the ill-fated South Bank.

Terry Cochrane settled in the Middlesbrough area, where became an active youth coach and radio pundit. In January 2008 he returned to Northern Ireland to take up an appointment as manager of Glenavon (story) though he left shortly after the end of that season (story). In August 2009 he began coaching Hartlepool Ladies.

Terry Cochrane at Middlesbrough
Terry Cochrane at Gillingham
Wikipedia

Terry Cochrane Autobiography

Northern Ireland Cap Details:
29-10-1975 Norway........ H W 3-0 ECQ sub
13-05-1978 Scotland...... A D 1-1 BIC sub
16-05-1978 England....... A L 0-1 BIC sub
19-05-1978 Wales......... A L 0-1 BIC sub
20-09-1978 Rep of Ireland A D 0-0 ECQ sub
25-10-1978 Denmark....... H W 2-1 ECQ
29-11-1978 Bulgaria...... A W 2-0 ECQ
07-02-1979 England....... A L 0-4 ECQ
02-05-1979 Bulgaria...... H W 2-0 ECQ
19-05-1979 England....... H L 0-2 BIC
26-03-1980 Israel........ A D 0-0 WCQ
20-05-1980 England....... A D 1-1 BIC sub 1 goal
23-05-1980 Wales......... A W 1-0 BIC sub
11-06-1980 Australia..... A W 2-1 FR. sub
15-06-1980 Australia..... A D 1-1 FR. sub
18-06-1980 Australia..... A W 2-1 FR
15-10-1980 Sweden........ H W 3-0 WCQ sub
19-11-1980 Portugal...... A L 0-1 WCQ sub
25-03-1981 Scotland...... A D 1-1 WCQ
29-04-1981 Portugal...... H W 1-0 WCQ
19-05-1981 Scotland...... A L 0-2 BIC
03-06-1981 Sweden........ A L 0-1 WCQ Sent Off 50
23-02-1982 England....... A L 0-4 BIC sub
24-03-1982 France........ A L 0-4 FR
13-12-1983 Scotland...... H W 2-0 BIC
27-05-1984 Finland....... A L 0-1 WCQ sub

Summary: 13(13)/1. Won 10, Drew 6, Lost 10.

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