William "Willie" Cook

Willie Cook was Dundonian through and through. His parents were both from the city, his father a Carter, the trade into which Willie also went before football swept him up. But as that footballer he had to wait, on a couple of occasions, perhaps due to his size, five feet four inches, small even for winger. 

He began at junior level with Dundee North End before, at twenty-one, a season with Forfar Athletic, then in Division Two. And it was from there, despite The Loons being relegated, that Dundee brought him back home and straight into play. In 1925-26 he made more starts than any other at Dens, scoring three times. In 1926-7 it was slightly fewer appearances but fourteen goals and so on until in 1928 Bolton Wanderers came in for him. 

And there in Lancashire much the same happened, straight into the team, two hundred and thirty-four League games in eight seasons, average over thirty, with in the first campaign as a left-winger an FA Cup win and in 1934, on the other, less-preferred flank, three consecutive caps, sadly only one a win. In any case, by then Willie was already thirty-one so a long international career was unlikely and two seasons later even at club level he was on the move. He went first for a single campaign to Blackpool in the Second Division. The club was promoted. Then it was another at Reading in the Third Division and finally a return for him and his wife and family to Dundee, at the club into the War years and to the city for good.

In 1929 he had had come up from England to marry Gertrude Marshall, the following year a daughter would be born in Scotland and then a son in England. Now the four of them would resettle into Tayside or rather Carnoustie life, Willie working as a clerk in a timber firm and then running a bar in Hilltown, where he had grown up. And that for Willie would it to retirement with for him indulgence in golf and until a passing in 1981 at the age of seventy-eight in the then Royal Infirmary, Gertrude outliving him by two decades, she dying in Arbroath in 2003 at the age of ninety-four.

Birth Locator:

1903 - 54, Rosebank St., Dundee


Residence Locations:

1911 - 288, Hilltown, Dundee

1921 - 58, Rosebank St., Dundee

1929 - 23, Albany Terrace, Dundee

1981 - N/A


Death Locator:

1981 - Royal Infirmary, Dundee


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