When Joe Royle asked Alex Ferguson of Manchester United for a player on loan, Terry Cooke was what he got. The young right-winger was just what City needed to help turn the appalling 1998/99 season to a clinical finishing with promotion in sight. Terry was initially brought in on a three month loan deal, but after 17 appearances and 5 goals, it became clear that his services was wanted on a more regular basis.
Terry might have chosen differently: Ferguson expressed great confidence in the winger, wanting him back for next years campaign, and Barnsley shopping around to strengthen their squad. But after recieving his first child on a Thursday he signed the dotted line for City on Friday and went on to score the opening goal against Gillingham on Saturday.
Ironically he ended his first season scoring a vital goal in the penalty shoot-out in the play-off final against Gillingham, bringing City back into the first division. Perhaps he's going to be the lucky star for City - it was 23 years since the last silverware was installed at Maine Road.....
Terry lost his place in the City team during the early days of the 1999/2000 season. After a series of in and outs he finally went on loan to Wigan Ath, where he played 10 matches and scored 1 goal. After City returned to the Premiership it remained clear that he was not getting in to the team at all, and in March 2001 he left for Barnsley in a £200,000 move.