Great Yarmouth's Adrian Coote finished 1996/97 as leading scorer
for both the Youth and Reserve teams. He made his full debut against
Port Vale in September 1997 and finished the season with 23 appearances
(12 as substitute) and with 2 goals to his name. Adrian was also
capped by Northern Ireland at Under-21 level scoring the winner
in Northern Ireland's first ever Under 21 international (against
Despite making his full international debut in April 1999 in a
friendly against Canada (1-1), his career at Norwich has stalled
somewhat. He has hinted that he may need to quit the Canaries
and drop down a division if he wants regular first team football.
At the end of 1998/99, he had made another 6 appearances but had
added no goals. Adrian received a boost to his season when he
was included in Sammy McIlroy's first Northern Ireland squad in
February 2000. He won another international cap coming on as substitute
against Malta on 28th March 2000. He was named again in the Northern
Irish squad for the clash with Hungary on 26th April 2000.
With the arrival of Tony Cottee, Gaetano Giallanza and Paul McVeigh,
Adrian's future at Carrow Road looks bleak and so in September
2000, he joined Dutch side Roda on trial / loan. The Dutch side
decided Adrian wasn't what they wanted and he returned to Carrow
Road. Colchester manager Steve Wignall made a bid to take Adrian
on loan to Layer Road but this was turned down by the Norfolk
striker who preferred to battle for a place in the Norwich starting
XI. After the arrivals of Alex Notman and Zema Abbey, Southend
manager Dave Webb made a cheeky offer to sign Coote on 19th December
but this was rejected by the Canaries. Adrian eventually signed
a new contract in March 2001
Colchester manager Steve Whitton declared in August 2001 that
Adrian was their primary target for a new striker and that they
would be willing to pay a six figure sum for him when he recovers
from injury. In October 2001, caretaker Southend manager Rob
Newman made a bid to take Adrian to Roots Hall on loan even
though Adrian was still recuperating from injury. Norwich rejected
this offer stating that the only way Adrian would leave Carrow
Road would be on a transfer. Adrian was forced to admit that his
future might lie elsewhere
Despite interest from Rushden & Diamonds, Adrian joined Colchester
for £50,000 on 20th/21st December 2001. He departed on amicable
terms wishing the Canaries good luck for the future.
On October 21st 2002, Adrian joined Third Division Bristol Rovers
on loan with Rovers' Justin Richards heading the other way to
Essex. Just over a year later, Colchester finally parted company
with Coote on October 29th 2003. Steve Whitton's replacement Phil
Parkinson had only given Coote 2minutes on the pitch with the
first team and with the signing of Craig Fagan from Birmingham,
Coote's options were limited. He had scored just 4 goals for Colchester.
The following day saw Adrian opt to remain in Essex and rebuild
his career with Ryman League side Wivenhoe. Despite interest from
Conference sides, Coote signed an 18month contract with Wivenhoe
in January 2004.
Adrian was transfer-listed at the end of July 2004 with Wivenhoe
confident in their other strikers that they had signed during
the summer. Having made just 2 appearances during the first couple
of months of the 2004/5 season, Coote was linked with a switch
to King's Lynn on October 21st 2004 as new manager Robert Taylor
seeks to rebuild the Linnets team in his own image and to arrest
their slide down the Southern League Eastern Division table.
Instead Adrian returned to Norfolk at the beginnning of December
2004 to sign for Ridgeons League outfit Dereham Town. Dereham
swooped after Coote had been formally released by Rymans League
outfit Wivenhoe Town, where he had been playing after dropping
out of the professional game. "We're absolutely delighted
to have Adrian playing for us," said Dereham manager
Simon Barnes. "It has got to be one of the biggest signings
in the club's history ? he's a Northern Ireland international
and he's still only 26. Things haven't really worked out for him
recently, but he's still got a t remendous amount to offer. A
lot of players of his age are dropping out of league football
now because the money just isn't there. He's a great lad and as
soon as I spoke to him about playing for Dereham he was keen to
join us. Adrian has moved to Mattishall and we just got talking
after we met at a veterans' match. Money was never mentioned.
He just wanted to play football."
In June 2005, Coote joined Damian Hilton's
new-look Wroxham - "Adrian Coote is a formidable striker
of great experience having played for Norwich City and Colchester,
" said Hilton. "I feel he will achieve great
success in helping to rebuild Wroxham into a challenging force."
After he had signed for Gorleston in June 2006, Wroxham revealed
that Coote was still under contract until the end of the 2006/7
season and so he technically remained with Wroxham although rumours
have it that he's playing for Acle Rangers - a Sunday league side.
Adrian in fact joined Gorleston towards the end of August 2007.