Ben Cook history and Lorne Cook running through the banner to play his 200th Game – Photo and Story

This Story has 2 parts.  The first is Ben Cook, the father of Lorne.  Edwin Benjamin Cook played 21 games for Claremont between 1936 and 1937.  He was then at the Teachers Training College in 1936 playing for Swan Districts. Then Pat Rodriguez who was at Claremont, arranged Bens clearance to Claremont.

Ben had to give  football away for his full time role as a teacher in the Country.  When returning to Perth he took up a number of roles including a boundary umpiring, coaching juniors, starting the ex-Collegians Football Club and organised the Past Players Association of which he was President for 16 years.

In 1959 his son Lorne joined the Claremont Football Club and started a brilliant career over 14 years. he played 229 games between 1959 – 1972.