County Durham born centre half Bill Cockburn signed for Stockport County in 1921 from junior club Rosehill Villa, and made his County debut at Halifax Town in December that year. He acquitted himself so well over the next 2 seasons at Edgeley Park that none other than twice recent League Champions Liverpool came in to sign him in May 1924 for £2000 after 76 games for County. Having established himself at Liverpool he played 37 league games in his second season, and The Telegraph praised him as follows in 1926: “He’s a tall man, now in his prime, great in breaking up, and wonderfully accurate with his long swinging passes to the wings”. However he lost his place after 8 games of the 1926-27 season and only played once more a week before Christmas, spending a further year on the sidelines before a move to Queen’s Park Rangers in August 1928 after 67 games for The Reds. 62 games followed over the next two seasons in West London, before Cockburn moved to Swindon Town in July 1930. He only played one season, a full one with 38 appearances, but he did mark his spell with his only senior goal, at Bristol Rovers in November 1930.