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Before Joe Cole, Dennis Wise and Frank Leboeuf were 'Here, There and Every ******* Where', there was Charlie Cooke. He arrived at Chelsea in 1966 as a replacement for club favourite Terry Venables and promptly delighted the fans with his superb ball skills, searing runs and perceptive crosses. Most spectacular of all was his magical body swerve that triggered a collective mega-decibel sigh from the Shed. They called him 'the Magician', 'the Maestro' and 'the Wizard', or just 'Charlie, Charlie, Charlie Cooke'. Cooke became a pivotal member of the mercurial Chelsea side of the late 1960s and '70s, playing alongside the likes of Peter Bonetti, Alan Hudson and Peter Osgood.The epic two-match 1970 FA Cup final against arch-enemies Leeds remains to this day one of the most-watched television events ever in the United Kingdom. Like many of the era, Cooke finished his career in America, where he played with and against the likes of George Best and Pele. But unlike most of the other British players, Cooke stayed on in the USA, helping the country to develop as a footballing nation. "The Bonnie Prince" is an insightful, exciting and entertaining account of a special footballer, once seen never forgotten.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845962272
ISBN-10: 1845962273
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 22mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Charlie Cooke

Although he has now retired from football, Charlie Cooke is still committed to the game and lives and works in America, where he is a director of the world-famous Coerver(R) Coaching. Martin Knight is the author of London Calling and the novel Common People as well as co-author of autobiographies of George Best, Peter Osgood and Dave Mackay.