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 3 November 2014(2014-11-03) (aged 79)
Playing position Winger, inside forward
Youth career
1950–1951 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1957 Birmingham City 35 (3)
1957–1967 Torquay United 261 (62)
1967–19?? Bridgwater Town
Welton Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

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

Life and career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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,[2] 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.[4]

In December 1957 Cox moved to Torquay United,[2] 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.[1][5] The club awarded him a benefit match against West Ham United at the end of the 1967–68 season.[6] After leaving Torquay he wound down his football career with Bridgwater Town and Welton Rovers of the Western League.[7]

Cox went on to work as an estate agent. He and wife Madge had two sons: Maurice, a former professional footballer who played for Torquay United and Huddersfield Town, and Michael.[7] He died on 3 November 2014.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Geoff Cox". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 80. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ Matthews, p. 188.
  4. ^ Matthews, p. 241.
  5. ^ "Torquay United". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Other games at Plainmoor". TUFC History. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Torquay United: Gulls great Geoff Cox dies at the age of 79". Herald Express. Torquay. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Lewis, Peter (10 November 2014). "Geoff Cox (1934–2014)". Birmingham City F.C. Retrieved 23 May 2015.