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Henry Cockburn

Manchester United FC

13 appearances, 0 goals

P 13 W 9 D 2 L 2 F 40: A 15
77% successful

1946-51

captain: none
minutes played:
1170

Timeline

  Henry Cockburn
Birth 14 September 1921 at 7 Lees Fold, Hurst, Ashton, Lancashire [registered in Ashton-under-Lyne, December 1921].
Attended Stamford High School
Baptised 5 October 1921 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Hurst, Lancashire. To John Cooper and Elizabeth (née Delaney). Living at 7 Lees Fold, Hurst. Baptised by R.W. Cummings
Marriage to Anne E. Newell [registered in Peterborough, March 1958].
Death 20 January 2004 in Mossley, aged 82 years 128 days [registered in Tameside, January 2004].
  There appears to be a dispute over Cockburn's death, as there was over his birth (Once thought to have been born in 1923 - but registration, both birth and death, state 1921).  Many sources claim he died 2nd or 4th February.  But his death was registered in the January.
A memorial was held on 20 January 2014 in Ashton-under-Lyme... ten years after his death.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Club Career

Club(s)

"Cockburn, a natural all-round sportsman who also excelled at cricket, made his first footballing impact as a teenager with Goslings, a local feeder to Manchester United, the Old Trafford club enlisting him as an amateur in September 1943. While continuing with his work as a mill- fitter, he impressed the Reds' coaching staff enough to earn a professional contract a year later and he made his first United appearance as a nippy, elusive forward during unofficial wartime competition, in which he had guested also for Accrington Stanley."

 

Then, unlike Neil Franklin, and many more of his peers, Cockburn turned down a move to Independiente Santa Fe of Bogota on 13 July 1950, who were offering him £5090 per year. Cockburn made 243 First Division appearances, in which he scored four goals.

 

Still hardly a gnarled veteran at the age of 30, Cockburn was not content with life in United's reserves and on 18 October 1954 he accepted a £3000 transfer to Second Division Bury, where he linked up once more with the former Red Devil Stan Pearson, the deliciously gifted inside-forward behind whom he had performed so superbly for so long. At Gigg Lane he added 39 League and FA Cup appearances to the 275 he had accumulated at Old Trafford, then switched to Peterborough United, at the time plying their trade in the Midland League, in the summer of 1956.

 

he made a final 39 league appearances, scoring once, before moving on to non-league Corby Town FC in July 1959 and then played alongside Franklin once more, at Sankey's FC of Wellington, for six months towards the end of 1960;

Club honours Football League Division One runners-up 1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1950-51, Champions 1951-52; FA Cup winners 1947-48; FA Charity Shield runners-up 1948, winners 1952;
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions Played for Ashton CC during the 1960's
Height/Weight 5' 6", 10st. 4lbs [1950].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 655th player (660) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half
First match No. 227, 28 September 1946, Ireland 2 England 7, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 25 years 14 days.
Last match No. 265, 3 October 1951, England 2 France 2, a friendly match at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, aged 30 years 19 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1950; British Championship 1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49;
Team honours British Championship 1946-47, 1947-48;
Individual honours England B (one appearance, 1949)
Distinctions Died fourteen days after Reg Smith

Beyond England

Took up coaching roles after he left the playing field. Oldham Athletic FC's assistant trainer from February 1961. Took up a similar appointment at Huddersfield Town AFC from September 1964. He was their senior coach from 1969 until 1975. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.69/70.
Cockburn adored playing football so much that he was eager to continue, even at lesser levels, later assisting Corby Town and Sankeys of Wellington before being attracted back to the Football League by another former United chum, the Oldham Athletic manager Jack Rowley, as a trainer at Boundary Park in February 1961. Three years later he signed for Huddersfield Town as assistant trainer, eventually working under yet another ex-Old Trafford colleague, Ian Greaves, as senior coach before bowing out of the professional game in 1975.


The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps unused/
reserve
minutes captain
19 13 5 four 1170 0 one none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
13 9 2 2 40 15 +25 1 6 3.077 1.154 76.9 +7

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 6 4 1 1 19 8 +11 0 2 3.167 1.333 75.0 +3
Away 7 5 1 1 21 7 +14 1 4 3.00 1.00 78.6 +4

Shirt Record

Colour P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 12 8 2 2 38 14 +24 1 6 3.167 1.167 75.0 +6
Red 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 5 4 0 1 19 7 +12 0 2 3.80 1.40 80.0 +3
Friendly 8 5 2 1 21 8 +13 1 4 2.625 1.00 75.0 +4

Tournament Record

World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1950 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0 =0
WCF All 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0 =0

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1946-47 2 2 0 0 10 2 +8 0 1 5.00 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1947-48 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1948-49 2 1 0 1 7 5 +2 0 0 3.50 2.50 50.0 =0
BC All 5 4 0 1 19 7 +12 0 2 3.80 1.40 80.0 +3

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 5 4 0 1 19 7 +12 0 2 3.80 1.40 80.0 +3
5 4 0 1 19 7 +12 0 2 3.80 1.40 80.0 +3

 Match History

 Club: Manchester United F.C. - 13 full appearances (1170 min) manager: Walter Winterbottom - 13 full appearances (1170 min)x
 
apps match pic match details comp res. rundown shirt

Age 25
1 227 28 September 1946 - Ireland 2 England 7,
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC AW   6

one of nine who became the 655th player (660) to appear for England.
the seventh player from Manchester United FC to represent England.

2 228 30 September 1946 - Éire 0 England 1
Dalymount Park, Dublin
Fr AW   6
3 229 13 November 1946 - England 3 Wales 0
Maine Road, Manchester
BC HW   6
230 27 November 1946 - England 8 Netherlands 2, Leeds Road, Huddersfield Fr HW unused sub
  

Age 26
4 239 10 April 1948 - Scotland 0 England 2
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AW   6
5 240 16 May 1948 - Italy 0 England 4
Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino
tour AW   6
B  
unused - Switzerland 19 May 1948; unofficial - FC Schaffhausen 22 May 1948;

Age 27
6 241 26 September 1948 - Denmark 0 England 0
Idrætsparken, København
Fr AD   6
7 242 9 October 1948 - Ireland 2 England 6
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC AW 74 6
8 244 2 December 1948 - England 6 Switzerland 0
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
Fr HW   6
9 245 9 April 1949 - England 1 Scotland 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HL   6
10 246 13 May 1949 - Sweden 3 England 1
Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna
tour AL   6
B  
party member - Finland A 15 May 1949
247 18 May 1949 - Norway 1 England 4, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo   AW  
B  
one appearance - Netherlands A 18 May 1949
248 22 May 1949 - France 1 England 3, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris   AW withdrawn
party member
  

Age 28
 
WCF
reserve left-halfx
256 25 June 1950 - England 2 Chile 0, Estádio Municipal, Rio NW party member
257 29 June 1950 - United States 1 England 0, Estádio Independência, Belo Horizonte NL
258 2 July 1950 - Spain 1 England 0, Estádio Municipal, Rio NL
  

Age 29
261 22 November 1950 - England 2 Yugoslavia 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HD unused sub
262 14 April 1951 - England 2 Scotland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL reserve
11 263 9 May 1951 - England 2 Argentina 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   6
12 264 19 May 1951 - England 5 Portugal 2
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Fr HW   6

Age 30
13 265 3 October 1951 - England 2 France 2
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
Fr HD   6
266 20 October 1951 - Wales 1 England 1, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AD reserve
  
268 28 November 1951 - England 2 Austria 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HD party member
  


  

 
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