|Date of birth||September 1863|
|Place of birth||Birmingham, England|
|Date of death||November 1918 (aged 55)|
|Place of death||Gravesend, England|
|* 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. 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.
- "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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