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John Cockerill (footballer)

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Full nameJohn Cockerill
Playing positionMidfielder

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John Cockerill (born 12 July 1961 in Cleethorpes, England) is a former professional football player and manager. He is the son of Ron and brother of Glenn Cockerill, both also professional footballers. The end of his career came with a broken leg in 1991 against Bristol City, despite trying to regain full fitness, Cockerill never played another game.

After two abortive attempts at Lincoln City, Cockerill had a spell in the RAF and as a lorry driver, whilst continuing to play non-league football. In 1988 he was signed by Grimsby from Stafford Rangers for £21,500.

The highlight of his playing career with Grimsby, was the two goals he scored in 1991 against Exeter City in the last game of the season to secure promotion to Division Two.

John has been caretaker manager of Grimsby on three separate occasions, stepping up from assistant manager, but left the club after missing out on the top job for a third time. In addition to these roles he was also at various times Football in the Community Coach, Youth Coach and Reserve Team Manager.

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