Paisley, Renfrewshire born Johnny Cochrane was far better known as a manager than as a player. As a player Cochrane played for Johnstone Thistle in 1902 and for Elderslie Amateurs in 1905, before joining Scottish League Second Division club St Johnstone in 1908. Records showing he also acted as the club’s secretary, then was their manager in 1915.
Cochrane was manager of St Mirren from 1916 until 1928. He helped the club win The Victory Cup in 1919, The Barcelona Cup in 1922 and The Scottish Cup in 1926, as the Buddies won 2-0 against Celtic at Hampden Park.
Cochrane arrived at Sunderland in May 1928, replacing Bob Kyle. He went on to manage the Wearside club for exactly 500 matches, winning the League Championship in 1935-36 season. Cochrane also led Sunderland to success in the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over Preston North End in the 1937 FA Cup Final at Wembley. He retired as Sunderland manager on 3rd March 1939. He then managed Reading later the same month for 10 matches, leaving in mid-April when Joe Edelston was appointed permanently.