|Full name||Gershom Cox|
|Date of birth||September 1863|
|Place of birth||Birmingham, England|
|Date of death||November 1918 (at Gravesend, Kent)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Gershom Cox (September 1863 - November 1918) was an English professional footballer who played as a full-back for Aston Villa from 1888 to 1893. He made 102 first-team appearances for Aston Villa in all competitions. After his years at Aston Villa he went as Player/Coach for Gravesend in Kent.
Until a chance discovery in 2013, his main claim to fame had been that he scored the first goal in The Football League on the first day of the inaugural season, 1888-89 on 8 September 1888 for Aston Villa against their Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.
However, Cox's goal was scored into his own net, so is the first recorded "own goal" in the Football league.
- "Come in number 500,000: Landmark day in history of the Football League". The Independent (London). 8 August 2006.
- Football (2013-07-25). "Bolton and England inside forward Kenyon Davenport finally credited with scoring Football League's first goal". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
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