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Mike Cosgrove Squad Index
Information:
1926-27 Squad Number:
4
Position:
Inside Right
Date of Birth:
20th May 1901
Birthplace:
Dundee
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 11
Weight:
12st. 0lbs.
Signed:
03/12/1924
Career History:
Dundee North End/Dundee Hibernian (trial) January 1920/Tottenham Hotspur May 1921/Celtic (On-Loan) 15th February 1923/Brooklyn Wanderers May 1923/Barnsley 7th November 1924 to 1st December 1924(On Trial)/Aberdeen 3rd December 1924/Bristol Rovers 15th May 1928 to 1st May 1930
 
Profile:

ABERDEEN SIGN A FORWARD

It was announced yesterday that Aberdeen F.C. have signed on a new inside-right in the person of Michael Cosgrove, a Dundee lad, and he will make his debut for the Pittodrie team against Raith Rovers at Kirkcaldy on Saturday.
Cosgrove is a a well-built young fellow of 23 years. He stands 5ft. 11in. in his stockings and weighs 12 stone.
In 1921 Cosgrove, while a member of Dundee North End, received several junior inter-county caps, and although not actually "capped" played in three junior international trial games. His ability attracted the attention of Dundee, among other clubs, which at the time included Aberdeen and he ultimately signed for Dundee. He made several appearances in the League team and played against Aberdeen.
Near the end of the season he was transferred to Tottenham Hotspur for a big fee. His style evidently did not suit English football, as, although he was retained in 1922, the London club agreed to lend him to Celtic, and he did well for the Glasgow club.
At the end of 1922, Cosgrove, along with many other players of repute, succumbed to American bait and crossed the Atlantic. He became identified with Brooklyn Wanderers, and along with Hogg, late of Montrose, constituted one of the best right wing combinations in the American League. Cosgrove was second highest scorer in the America League, the top position being occupied Alec Jackson, Aberdeen's present outside right, who was playing inside right for Bethlehem F. C.
Since he re-crossed the Atlantic there has been keen competition for Cosgrove's signature and Aberdeen just beat an English club in securing him.
With the signing of Cosgrove, Aberdeen will now have three ex-American playing side by side

Source: Press & Journal, 4th December 1924

Mike eventually emigrated to the USA and settled near Buffalo, New York, working in a bank until his retirement. Also worked as a golf pro in latter life at the Grand Island Golf course. Full Name: Michael Docherty Cosgrove Died: Erie, New York State, December 1972
Mike Cosgrove

Senior Aberdeen Debut: show all appearances
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
06/12/1924
Raith Rovers 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) Stark's Park, Kirkcaldy 6,000 23 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1927-28
10
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
3
1
0
2
1926-27
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
5
0
0
1925-26
33
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
40
0
0
2
0
0
1924-25
5
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
2
1
0
0
Totals:
66
0
5
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
73
0
5
9
0
2
Total Appearances/Goals: 73 5