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Dave and Sean Cooke reach 300 games for The Dabbers

Article: Jack Beresford
Photographs: Jonathan White

Nantwich Town manager Dave Cooke was beaming with pride as he reached 300 games in charge of The Dabbers “It’s a proud moment for me because Nantwich is my football club, To be manager for 300 games, I’m really proud. I wouldn’t want it to be with any other club”

Pre-match presentation: Jon Gold with The Nantwich Town Independent Supporters Association (NTISA) represented by Ian Garnett and Rob Woods present Dave Cooke and Sean Cooke with their 300 games for Nantwich (photograph: Jonathan White)

Prior to Saturday’s FA Trophy fixture against Barwell, He and his son, Sean Cooke received an award from the NTISA  to congratulate them on reaching 300 games with the Dabbers.

Dave managed Nantwich for the 300th time in our away fixture against Ashton United last month. He began taking charge of the Dabbers 37 years ago when he was still part of the Nantwich playing squad where he commanded the midfield, his first game in charge was against Fleetwood Town on 14th April 1984. Dave’s second stint as manager was in the summer of 2000 and he began his third spell in charge in May 2017. The only two other Nantwich Managers have reached the magic 300 figure are Colin Hutchinson and Clive Jackson.

Sean Cooke made his 300th Dabbers appearance in our recent fixture against South Shields. The play-making midfielder enjoyed a successful Nantwich Town debut back in 2011 in a 4-1 victory over Chester. Sean is already holds the most appearances for the club since they joined the NPL. Cookey also notched up his 100th Dabbers goal when we scored in our 3-2 victory over Stalybridge Celtic earlier in the season. He scored his first goal in September 2011 when he found the net against Burscough. Sean becomes only the 8th players to reach triple figures for the club.

NTISA Awards – Sean Cooke and Dave Cooke awards (photograph: Jonathan White)

Both Dave and Sean have played a huge part in the clubs rise up the leagues. They will both go down as club legends thanks to their dedication and hard work that they have put in over the season