Charlie Cooke was born on October 14, 1942, in St Monans, Scotland. After impressing as a schoolboy player he signed professional forms with Aberdeen in 1960.
After scoring 26 goals in 125 appearances for the Dons, the skillful winger moved to Dundee in 1964, where he played for two seasons.
Highly rated as one of Scotland’s most exciting young talents, Chelsea paid a club record £72,000 to bring Cooke to Stamford Bridge in 1966.
On his league debut for the Blues, the wide man scored a memorable winner against bitter rivals West Ham, waltzing past 1966 World Cup hero Bobby Moore.
Over the next six seasons Cooke became a firm fans favourite, entertaining the support with a consistent supply of wing wizardry.
Cooke played in the 1970 FA Cup Final against Leeds United drawing 2-2, and in the replay at Old Trafford, his brilliant late run and cross set up Peter Osgood to equalize. They went on to win 2-1.
Chelsea won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1971, thanks to a replay win against Real Madrid. Cooke was part of the side that collected their winner’s medals.
During two spells with Chelsea, the sensational winger made 373 appearances, scoring 30 goals. He remains part of the club’s folklore today.