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R`s Boss Pays His Tributes

Iain Dowie and John Harbin have paid their tributes to former Oldham Athletic player Ernie Cooksey who sadly passed away after a battle with skin cancer.

Cooksey who was due to be a father for the first time in just under five weeks eventually lost his battle with malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer he`s thought to have picked up whilst coaching in America.

Dowie and Harbin gave their condolences:

'I feel there is a hole in my life now without that broad grin and infectious enthusiasm of the best player I have ever had the privilege to coach." Dowie told the Rochdale Obsever

'He had an impact on everyone he came into contact with and he was a sincere and caring man.

'He found his soulmate with Louise and our hearts go out to her and all of Ernie`s family at this tragic time."

'My hope is that Ernie will be looking down on us now with that grin that I will never forget.

'I loved Ernie as a player but more as a man.'

Rangers performance coach John Harbin added:

'Iain and I visited Ernie shortly before he passed away and all I can say is that everyone that knew him is going to miss him.

'He was a fantastic guy and the type of bloke you would want for a son.

'Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time and I`m sure I speak on behalf of everyone on offering our sincere condolences.'

The midfielder who also played for Rochdale, Crawley Town, Boston United and Grays Athletic, scored against the R`s for the Latics back in December 2003 to knock the R`s off top spot in Division 2.

Cooksey made a total of 159 league appearances scoring 12 goals for five different clubs.

Vital QPR would like to express its deepest condolences to the friends and family of Ernie Cooksey


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Date:Saturday July 5 2008

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We saw him play down at the bank and are deeply shocked
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05/07/2008 21:35:00

Those are great words from Dowie. So sad to see such a positive and good player lose his life.
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