Gershom Cox

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Gershom Cox
Personal information
Date of birth September 1863
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Date of death November 1918 (aged 55)
Place of death Gravesend, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Walsall Town
1888–1892 Aston Villa 86 (0)
Willenhall Pickwick
Walsall Bruswick
Bloxwich Strollers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

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 31 minutes after kick-off on the first day of the inaugural season, 1888-89 on 8 September 1888 for Aston Villa against their Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.[1] However, The Midland Evening News of Sept  7 1888 included an advert showing "kick-off 3.30 prompt". Cox's goal was scored into his own net, so is the first recorded "own goal" in the Football league.

As of 2013, Kenny Davenport is regarded as scorer of the first ever Football League goal, scoring for Bolton Wanderers at 3:47pm on 7 September 1888 against Derby County.[2]

Cox won an FA Cup runners-up medal, appearing for Aston Villa in the 1892 final. Villa lost to West Bromwich Albion.


Aston Villa


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