Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke
2019/20, 2020/21, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2021/22


Dave Cooke was appointed as the Dabbers new manager on the 10th May 2017, following the departure of Phil Parkinson.

The former Dabbers boss has experience of Management at various levels of non-league football, including the National Conference where he was part of the Management team that kept Northwich Victoria in the league.

Dave then went on to become Assistant Manager at Shrewsbury Town after they dropped out of the football league and gained promotion back to the league at the first attempt. Dave was also instrumental in giving debuts to the likes of Joe Hart (Man City and England) and Dave Edwards (Wolves).

Dave is very well known locally and on the non-league scene and he understands the club and its supporters, the Dabbers’ club ethos. He has retained his close contacts with both league and non-league clubs and has spent considerable time scouting players that could perform well at PitchingIn Northern Premier level.

In his first season back as manager he guided the Dabbers to the First Round of the FA Cup where his team were beaten away at League Two Stevenage. In the same season his side finished 15th and also won the Cheshire Senior Cup with a 3-0 win over Stockport Town.

The 2018/19 was another memorable campaign for Cooke as he took his team fourth place and a place in the semi-finals of the league’s play-offs where they were beaten by Warrington Town. He also successfully defended the Cheshire Senior Cup with a convincing 5-2 win over Cammell Laird in the final.

The 19/20 and 20/21 seasons were of course expunged due to the pandemic, but the mostly completed 19/20 season saw the Dabbers in the play-offs again and looking good to stay there once more under Cooke.

In the 21/22 season against Ashton, Dave surpassed 300 games as Nantwich manager that can be linked all the way back to his first game as player/manager back in 1984, an incredible decades long association with the club and the town that looks set to continue for some time to come.

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