Jack Cox (footballer)

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Jack Cox
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Personal information
Full name John Thomas Cox
Date of birth (1877-12-21)21 December 1877
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Date of death 11 November 1955(1955-11-11) (aged 77)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
South Shore
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1897–1898 Blackpool 17 (12)
1898–1909 Liverpool 327 (72)
1909–1912 Blackpool 68 (6)
Total 412 (90)
National team
1901–1903 England 3 (0)
Teams managed
1909–1911 Blackpool (player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 1912.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 December 1912

John Thomas "Jack" Cox (21 December 1877 – 11 November 1955) was an English international footballer who played for Liverpool in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in between spells at Blackpool. He helped Liverpool to two Football League Championships.


Born in Liverpool, Merseyside, Cox played for South Shore Standard, South Shore F.C., and Blackpool before being signed by Liverpool managers John McKenna and William Barclay in February 1898 for the then-large sum of £150, enabling the Lancashire club to announce a loss of "only" £441 for the season, as opposed to over £1,000 for the previous campaign.[1]

The winger made his debut on 12 March 1898, in a First Division match against Notts County at Anfield in a 2–0 win, which also saw his debut goal for the club. Cox became a regular starter for the Reds on both the left and right flanks, helping them secure their first two championships, in 1901 and 1906.

Although the one who predominantly lined up goals for his teammates to take, Cox, himself, had an eye for the mark and scored 81 goals from his 361 starts, an average of one goal every 4.5 games. It was this kind of form that caught the eye of the FA, who selected Cox for the British Home Championship match against Ireland at The Dell, Southampton on 9 March 1901. This match saw England win 3–0, after which he represented England on two further occasions. Cox left Liverpool in 1909, returning to Blackpool, effectively as player-manager.

Personal life[edit]

Cox's younger brother, Bill, was also a footballer and died of wounds suffered while serving during the First World War.[2]

Career details[edit]

As a player:

  • Liverpool (1898–1909) – 361 appearances, 81 goals – Football League Championship winner's medal (1901, 1906)
  • England (1901–1903) – 3 appearances


  1. ^ Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992, p. 82. Breedon Books
  2. ^ "Jack Cox's brother dies from war wounds". The history of Liverpool Football Club. Retrieved 2016-01-05. 

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