Causeway Chronicle

Terry Cochrane recalls magical Showgrounds days

By Michael Anderson 

He was something of a wing wizard whose skills entertained Coleraine fans in that title winning 1974 season.

Terry Cochrane earned a cross channel move to England off the back of his dazzling displays.

Signed from Linfield, the late, great manager Bertie Peacock always claimed TC was the final piece of his jigsaw.

Now aged 71, Cochrane debuted against Glentoran in 1973 under Bertie’s leadership.

His last appearance was under Ivan Murray’s management against Distillery in October 1976.

The stylish wideman hit 31 goals in 129 appearances…and provided plenty of assists too.

He transferred to Burnley in 1976 where he scored 13 goals in 67 appearances.

Then came a switch to Middlesbrough.

From 1978-1983, TC played 111 times, netting seven times.

As well as spells at Gillingham, Millwall and Hartlepool United, he also proudly represented his country.

He earned 26 caps, scoring once – against England in the 1980 Home International Championship.

He returned to the Irish League for a brief stint as manager of Glenavon in 2008.

But it is his days at the Showgrounds he still recalls with fondness as he told me ahead of Saturday’s memorable reunion.

“I had so many great days at Coleraine, ” said Terry, who still lives in Middlesbrough.

“And what a team we had. It’s a phrase used too easily these days but for me that team had real legends.

“Players like Dickie (Dessie Dickson), Ivan Murray, Brian Jennings, Alan Campbell, Jacko (Davy Jackson).

“I’ve been back over a few times but it will be great to see all the guys again.”

Cochrane tormented defences as Coleraine sealed their one and only title.

“I think Linfield were in our shadow at that time.

“I had to work hard when I came to Coleraine from the Blues to win over the fans and team mates,” added the Killyleagh man.

“I almost had to learn a new language too to understand Dickie and Murray and Johnny McCurdy!,” he laughs.

“We were a hard team to beat.”

50 years on and the long wait goes on.

“It’s unbelievable that Coleraine haven’t won the championship since,” added Terry.

“I know the team went close on a few occasions but just couldn’t get over the line.”

Action from Coleraine’s League Championship winning season 1974
Action from Coleraine’s League Championship winning season 1974
Action from Coleraine’s League Championship winning season 1974
Action from Coleraine’s League Championship winning season 1974
Action from Coleraine’s League Championship winning season 1974
Action from Coleraine’s League Championship winning season 1974
Action from Coleraine’s League Championship winning season 1974
Action from Coleraine’s League Championship winning season 1974
Action from Coleraine’s League Championship winning season 1974
Action from Coleraine’s League Championship winning season 1974
Action from Coleraine’s League Championship winning season 1974
Action from Coleraine’s League Championship winning season 1974
Action from Coleraine’s League Championship winning season 1974
Action from Coleraine’s League Championship winning season 1974
Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson