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BERT COOK

this is a photo ofBert Cooke
Year(s)
1912-1935
Honours

Lancashire Combination champions 1913–14
Welsh Cup finalists 1933–34

Herbert Michael Cooke was a football manager. He managed Tranmere Rovers from 1912–1935, the longest spell of any manager at the club. He oversaw their first Football League match in 1921.

Management career
Born in Birkenhead in 1882,Cooke became manager of Tranmere in 1912, and stayed in charge for 23 years, the longest spell of any manager

at the club. In 1919, Tranmere were promoted to the Central League. Within a year, Division Three North was created and, in1921, Cooke oversaw the club's first Football League match. A string of talented local youngsters were developed by Cooke before moving to First Division clubs - Dixie Dean, Ellis Rimmer, Pongo Waring and Nibbler Ridding. In the 1934–35 season – Cooke's last in charge – Rovers led Division Three North for most of the campaign but, in the last few weeks, blew their promotion chance. They did however win the Welsh Cup that year. He left under acrimonious circumstances, amid FA enquiries into illegal payments to players to induce them to sign for Rovers and the dismissal of several directors. Cooke was replaced by former England international, Jackie Carr.Cooke died on the Wirral in 1959, aged 76.

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MOTTO: UBI FIDES IBI LUX ET ROBUR which means "Where there is faith, there is light and strength."

Designed by Ned O'Toole, Paul Harmon and Oisín Ronan.
Special thanks to Tranmere Rovers Football club for the information.
Also to Keith Taberer, Des Ferguson, Joanne Duggan for supplying some of the photos.