Geoff Cox (footballer)

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Geoff Cox
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Cox
Date of birth (1934-11-30)30 November 1934
Place of birth Nuneaton, England
Date of death c. 3 November 2014(2014-11-03) (aged 79)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1950–1951 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1957 Birmingham City 35 (3)
1957–1967 Torquay United 261 (62)
1967–19xx Bridgwater Town ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Geoffrey "Geoff" Cox (30 November 1934 – c. 3 November 2014) was an English former professional footballer who scored 65 goals in 296 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham City[1] and Torquay United.[2]

Cox was born in the Stockingford district of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. He began his football career as a youngster with Birmingham City in 1950, and turned professional at the end of the following year.[3] A winger, Cox made his debut in the Football League Second Division on 27 August 1952 in a 1–0 win at Luton Town, and played in more than half of the games in the 1952–53 season.[4] He was then called up for National Service; by the time he returned, Gordon Astall and Alex Govan were established on the wings. He remained with Birmingham as cover,[3] and played in their early matches in the inaugural staging of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, including in their first match in European competition, a goalless draw against Internazionale in Milan in May 1956 while Astall was away on England international duty.[5]

In December 1957 Cox moved to Torquay United,[3] then playing in the Third Division South. In a ten-year career he scored 62 goals in 261 league games and twice contributed to Torquay's promotion from the Fourth Division back to the Third.[2][6] The club awarded him a benefit match against West Ham United at the end of the 1967–68 season.[7] After leaving Torquay he wound down his football career with Bridgwater Town of the Western League.[2] His death was announced on 3 November 2014.[8]

Cox's son Maurice is a former professional footballer who played for Torquay United and Huddersfield Town.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birmingham City : 1947/48 – 2007/08". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Torquay United : 1946/47 – 2006/07". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 80. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  4. ^ Matthews, p. 188.
  5. ^ Matthews, p. 241.
  6. ^ "Torquay United". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Other games at Plainmoor". TUFC History. Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  8. ^ http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Xxx/story-24023504-detail/story.html