Mitch Hancox

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Mitch Hancox
Mitch Hancox, preseason against Antwerp.jpg
With Birmingham City in 2012 pre-season
Personal information
Full name Mitchell John Hancox[1]
Date of birth (1993-11-09) 9 November 1993 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Solihull, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[3]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
Number 18
Youth career
2001–2012 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Birmingham City 33 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:08, 4 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Mitchell John "Mitch" Hancox (born 9 November 1993) is an English footballer who plays for Birmingham City. A left back who can also play on the wing, he made his Football League debut in October 2012.

Early life[edit]

Hancox was born in Solihull, West Midlands.[4] He has three older brothers; the eldest, Matthew, was seriously wounded in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan with the Royal Marines.[5] Hancox was recruited into Birmingham City's youth system at the age of eight after being noticed playing in a six-a-side competition.[6] As a youngster, he was a Birmingham City supporter, and particularly admired full-backs Jeff Kenna and Martin Grainger and wing-back Stan Lazaridis.[6]

While still a 15-year-old Lyndon School student, he played for Birmingham's reserve team. He was picked out as "one of the bright spots of the evening from a home perspective" in a heavy defeat to Arsenal in the 2009–10 Premier Reserve League,[7][8] and described by then Academy manager Terry Westley as "one of the few players to come out with any credit" from a defeat to Leamington in the Birmingham Senior Cup.[9] On leaving school, he began a two-year scholarship in July 2010.[1]

Career[edit]

His first competitive involvement with the first team came when he was an unused substitute for the 2011–12 Europa League play-off round second leg against Nacional.[10] Hancox signed his first professional contract, of six months, in May 2012,[11] and was given a first-team squad number in August of that year.[4]

Hancox made his competitive debut in the 1–0 home defeat to Huddersfield Town on 6 October, as an 80th-minute substitute for the injured Curtis Davies.[12] He played at left back, allowing Paul Robinson to move to centre back, and according to the Birmingham Mail, "can be pleased with his urgent and determined contribution in the last 10 minutes. He's only on a six-month contract but would sweat blood for his boyhood club."[13] A few days later, he was given a six-month extension to his contract.[14] When Robinson took over from Steven Caldwell as first-choice centre back, Hancox was able to establish himself at left back.[15] He ended the season with 20 appearances, including 14 starts,[16] and signed a new three-year contract.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 January 2015
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Birmingham City 2012–13[16] Championship 19 0 1 0 0 0 20 0
2013–14[18] Championship 14 0 2 0 2 0 18 0
2014–15[19] Championship 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 33 0 4 0 2 0 39 0


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List of Players Registered as Scholars in Accordance with Rule C.3 Between 01/07/2010 and 31/07/2010" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mitchell Hancox". UEFA. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mitch Hancox". Birmingham City F.C. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Hancox handed squad number". Birmingham City F.C. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Evans, Gregg (30 May 2013). "The Big Interview: Mitch Hancox now living the dream after family nightmare". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Tattum, Colin (26 July 2012). "I want to be a Blues first-teamer for a long time to come – Mitch Hancox". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Westley: It was a tough night". Birmingham City F.C. 1 September 2009. Archived from the original on 5 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Sporty Ex Students" (PDF). Newsletter Issue 105. Lyndon School. May 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Westley on Senior Cup exit". Birmingham City F.C. 17 November 2009. Archived from the original on 29 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2012: Birmingham–Nacional". UEFA Sport. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Mitch signs-up". Birmingham City F.C. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Blues 0 Huddersfield 1". Birmingham City F.C. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Tattum, Colin (8 October 2012). "Birmingham City 0 Huddersfield Town 1". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Walker, Andy (9 October 2012). "Young pair pen extensions". Birmingham City F.C. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  15. ^ Tattum, Colin (25 April 2013). "Blues secure future of youngsters". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Games played by Mitch Hancox in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Mitch signs up". Birmingham City F.C. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Mitch Hancox in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Mitch Hancox in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 

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