A Cocker played for Manvers Main in the 1942 Montagu Cup final who had been on the books at Arsenal. It was thought to be Les, but after further reseach, it was discovered that it was John Cocker (born approx 1917) who bagged a hat-trick in 1942
Les had medals for winning the FA Cup and the World Cup! Plus so many more....
Les went on to play almost 300 Football League matches for Stockport and Accrington, netting 91 goals.
As a coach he worked at Luton Town and Leeds United. In 1961, whilst at Leeds, Les was called up to be the trainer for the England team under Walter Winterbottom. He managed to do both jobs concurrently.
Les was with England for the 1966 World Cup. He was with Leeds when they won the League title (twice), the FA Cup and the European Fairs Cup (twice).
In 1974 he became full time Assistant Manager for England under Don Revie. The pair went on to the UAE national team in 1977. In 1979 Les was assistant to Billy Bremner at Doncaster Rovers.
Les in his Leeds United days (1960-74)
Les (in blue) flanked by Nobby Stiles, Alan Ball and George Cohen, Wembley 1966
Les 1968 Turf Moor: Burnley v Leeds Utd - he is carrying Terry Cooper.
Don Revie's right-hand man
1972 with the FA Cup
Les Cocker Honours
1959: FA Cup Finalist
1964: Division 2 Champions
1966: World Cup Winner
1968: European Fairs Cup* Winner
1968: League Cup Winner
1969: League Title Winner
1971: European Fairs Cup* Winner
1972: FA Cup Winner
1973: European Cup Winners Cup** Finalist
1974: League Title Winner
*The EFC became the UEFA cup & then the Europa League.
**The CWC merged with the UEFA Cup into the Europa League
Les was involved with England from 1961 until 1977 - in various roles.
With Alf Ramsey at Wembley '73 ahead of England v Scotland.