Interview Megan Cooke

MEGAN COOKE

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Personal Details

Club:
Hull City Ladies FC
Full Name:
Megan Cooke
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
20-11-1995
Place of birth:
Hereford
Position:
Goalkeeper
Shirt number:
40

Career

2005- 2019
Hereford Lads Club Ladies FC
2019-
Hull City Ladies FC

Interview

So Megan – tell us a bit about yourself!

Hello, I’m Megan and I play for Hull City Ladies FC.

Tell us about your career to date – where have you played your football?

I think I’ve had quite a mixed football career so far. I started playing for a local boys team in Hay-on- Wye before moving to a female team called Hereford Lads Club Vixens.
From there I played for Herefordshire County Payer Development centre where I was spotted and asked to play for Gloucester Centre of Excellence. When I was 13 I went for trials at West Brom. I played there for 2 years as well as still playing for Lads Club and Herefordshire County.
After two years at West Brom I decided to leave to focus on my education, especially as the drive to training took an hour and a half. 
From there I played grassroots football for Hereford Lads Club Ladies and made the transition from Goalkeeper to outfielder. I played as an attacker from Lads Club and at university until 2018 when I was asked by the captain of the team if I would play in goal for the team. I obliged and remembered how much I enjoyed being a goalkeeper. At the beginning of the 2019 season I didn’t have a club so Jen Randall, the university captain, suggested I join her at Hull City Ladies.

Why did you start playing football? And how important is football for you?

I started playing football around 4/5 years old with my dad in the garden. My dad has been a huge driving force for me playing football. He has probably driven thousands of miles to take me to games and training. He’s coached teams I’ve been in and really helped me become the footballer I am today.
Football is really important to me. It’s been a constant in my life for 20 years mow. I don’t know how I’d live without it.

How do you prepare for an (important) competition? (music, rituals, etc.)

I make sure to get a good night’s sleep the day before and drink lots of water. The only ritual I do is before a game is touch the crossbar.

What were your highs and lows during your football career?

One of my footballing highlights was playing for West Brom in a cup final at Derby’s Pride Park and then travelling home and winning a cup final at Hereford FC’s ground with Lads Club.
I haven’t really had many lows in my football career but I was really sad when I left West Brom as it had a great youth setup and I made some great friends there.

What is the most important football lesson you have learned and who taught you that?

The most important football lesson I’ve learnt was actually something my Goalkeeper coach said to me this season. He constantly reminds me that its okay to make mistakes its how you respond to those mistakes that matters. This has taken a lot of pressure off me when I’ve been worrying about my performances.

On this moment you are playing for Hull City Lades FC. What is the best thing about playing for Hull City?

It’s great to play for a team that feels like a big family and I felt incredibly welcomed when I first joined. The team has come such a long way in such a short amount of time, and they are still ambitious and want to do better and be more successful.  

How do you balance your football and your day job?

Well I work for the club in youth development running and organising Holiday camps, after school clubs, birthday parties etc so it’s great not to have to explain my position to an employer or have to choose between work and football.

Megan, what are your personal goals for the rest of your career ?

Firstly, I want to retain my place in the first team. Having started in the reserves this season and worked my way to the first team its important to work hard to keep my place. We have some incredibly talented and ambitious young keepers in the team competing for that no. 1 spot. I would like to go as far as I can with Hull City Ladies. The team is ambitious and I think obviously the goal is always to win the league and get promoted and hopefully that will happen for the team in the future.


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