Signed by Leeds at the tender age of 17, Cochrane's promising
career was severely curtailed by World War 2. Having made his debut
for Northern Ireland at just 18 years of age, he could have hoped
for a great number of appearances for his country, but ended up
with just a dozen to his name. One of the few players to survive
the clear-out after relegation in 1947, he continued in the side as
a regular until his retirement from the game, just two matches into
the 1950-51 season.
Lloyd Cochrane says: Davy was my father's cousin and lived just
a few doors down from him in Alexandra Gardens in Portadown.
According to my late father he was a very private and quiet man. He
lived in Leeds after retiring from football and sadly died approx.
2 years ago. I never actually met him. When he was playing at
Portadown he played along with my Grandfather George Cochrane
(Davy's Uncle) who was an Irish Junior international.
Frank Dynes says: Dear Lloyd, We have never met but you must be
Dale,s son. I lived in Alexandra gardens as did your grandfather
and your great uncles (Davy actually lived in Craigavon Avenue at
the end of Alexandra Gardens. As a lad I saw Davy play for
Portadown and for N.Ireland and enjoyed many kickabouts with him
when he was home.Not so quiet Davy was up for a joke with the best
of them. The funniest one we had was just after his
lastinternational match we actually got him to play for our local
team Marlborough Utd (see www.Portadown Photos )under a false name
in a game in Eire. When his father Johnny found out he was ready to
kill the lot of us. I suggest you get either Leeds or the IFA to
supply you with a photo. Idid have some snaps but cannot find them.
All th best and good luck with your site.