Neil Cox (footballer)

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Neil Cox
Personal information
Full name Neil James Cox[1]
Date of birth (1971-10-08) 8 October 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Scunthorpe, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
AFC Wimbledon (Assistant Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Scunthorpe United 17 (1)
1991–1994 Aston Villa 40 (3)
1994–1997 Middlesbrough 106 (3)
1997–1999 Bolton Wanderers 80 (7)
1999–2005 Watford 219 (20)
2005–2006 Cardiff City 27 (2)
2006–2008 Crewe Alexandra 58 (1)
2010–2011 Leek Town 4 (0)
Total 551 (37)
National team
1993–1994 England U21 6 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Leek Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Neil James Cox (born 8 October 1971) is a retired English professional footballer. He spent most of his career playing as a central defender or right-back for Watford but also made over 100 appearances for Middlesbrough. Cox also played for Scunthorpe United, Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers, and was capped at Under-21 level by England. His final Football League club was then League One outfit Crewe Alexandra. Cox retired from professional football in 2008, going on to became a property developer in Portugal.[2] Cox subsequently returned to the game in 2010 after being appointed as the new manager of Leek Town.[3] When the club had injury concerns Cox regsistered himself as a player with the league, making 4 appearances. Cox would be in charge just one season, however, before he would hand in his resignation for "Personal Reasons". On 10 October 2012, it was announced that Cox would reunite with former Watford teammate Neal Ardley as his Assistant Manager at Football League Two outfit AFC Wimbledon.

Playing career[edit]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

Cox began his career at Scunthorpe United, having been born locally. He made his first team debut in 1990 at the age of 19, he would make only 17 appearances for the club however, leaving to join Aston Villa after just one season with The Iron.

Aston Villa[edit]

Whilst at Villa, Cox came on as a substitute as Villa beat Manchester United in the 1994 League Cup Final.

Middlesbrough[edit]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Watford[edit]

Famously overhead kicked over his own crossbar to clear a ball for a corner.

Cardiff City[edit]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

Cox scored twice for The Railwaymen. His first goal came in a 3–1 win over Cheltenham Town on 12 September 2006.[4] He also scored against MK Dons in the FA Cup the following season.[5] Cox signed for Crewe in June 2006 after being released by Cardiff City.[6]

Cox retired at the end of the 2007–08 season; the home game against Oldham Athletic was the last of his career.

Managerial career[edit]

Leek Town[edit]

In October 2010 he returned to the game after being appointed as the new manager of Leek Town.[3] When the club had injury concerns Cox regsistered himself as a player with the league. In unexpected circumstances Cox resigned as Leek Town manager after a 1–0 home victory against Quorn. Cox stated "Personal Reasons" as his resigation reason[7]

AFC Wimbledon[edit]

On 10 October 2012, it was announced that Cox would reunited with former Watford team-mate Neal Ardley as his Assistant Manager at Football League Two side AFC Wimbledon. The pair took charge of what was viewed as an extremely difficult task to keep the Dons in the football league, only to secure their status on the final day of the 2012-13 season.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ Whitbread, Joe."Former Watford captain Neil Cox still unhappy with departure five years on", Watford Observer, Watford, 27 March 2010
  3. ^ a b White, Andy (6 October 2010). "Leek appoint former Watford captain Cox". The Non-League Paper. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Crewe 3–1 Cheltenham". BBC. 12 September 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Crewe 2–1 MK Dons". BBC. 10 November 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Crewe sign veteran defender Cox
  7. ^ Perkin, Alex (17 April 2011). "Cox Drops Resignation Bombshell". Retrieved 17 April 2011. 

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