Player profile

Jack Cox

Birthdate: 21 December 1877
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Date of death: 11 November 1955
Other clubs: South Shore Standard, South Shore (1896-97), Blackpool (1897), Blackpool (2 / 1909-11)
Bought from: Blackpool
Signed for LFC: £150, 24.12.1897
International debut: 09.03.1901 vs. Ireland
International caps: 3/0 - 04.04.1903
Liverpool debut: 12.03.1898
Last appearance: 30.04.1909
Debut goal: 12.03.1898
Last goal: 06.02.1909
Contract expiry: May 1909
Win ratio: 48.2% W: 174 D: 69 L: 118
Games/goals ratio: 4.51
Honours: League Championship 1900/01, 1905/06; Second Division 1904/05
LFC league games/goals: 327 / 72
Total LFC games/goals: 361 / 80

Player profile

After one season with Blackpool in the Second Division where he scored 12 goals in 17 games Cox was transferred to Liverpool for the considerable sum of £150 enabling the Lancashire club to announce a loss of £441 as opposed to over £1,000 for the previous campaign. The twenty-year-old scored on his debut three months after his arrival in a 2-0 win over Notts County on 12 March 1898 as Liverpool sought to establish themselves as a first division club. Cox was in the line-up in the first game of the 1898/99 season as well as newcomer Alex Raisbeck. They quickly became key components of Tom Watson's side who seemed finally ready to challenge for the League Championship and the Cup. Their heroics didn't, however, guarantee them silverware as Liverpool were knocked out of the semi-finals of the FA Cup by Sheffield United in a second replay and defeated 5-0 by Aston Villa in the last League game of the season when a win would have guaranteed Liverpool the title instead of Villa. The 1899/1900 season was a terrible anti-climax for Cox. Liverpool lost their first eight games of the season and Cox got injured in the middle of November and was out for two months. Liverpool won eight out of their final ten games but only finished a disappointing tenth. The arrival of centre-forward Sam Raybould in January 1900 had given the team much needed firepower. Cox only missed two games in the 1900/01 season when Liverpool incredibly were only twice top of the League, after the first game and, crucially, the last! Cox contributed ten goals in 32 matches as Liverpool won their first League Championship, a fantastic goal ratio for a winger. Despite his success Cox "wanted a change" but since Liverpool offered him the maximum wage as his contract was renewed for the following season the Football League refused his application.

At the beginning of the 1902/03 season Cox moved from right to left-wing as future legend Arthur Goddard, who had joined seven months earlier, established himself on the right. Liverpool had played well below expectations following their 1901 triumph and were relegated in 1904. Cox wanted to go to Fulham as he objected to playing in the Second Division and his girlfriend at the time was believed to be living in London. Merseyside rivals, Everton, also tried to tempt Liverpool to cash in on him. The Blues were prized out of the move and the Football Association did not allow his transfer to Fulham as he had been offered maximum wage at Liverpool. Thankfully, Cox stayed as he was instrumental in Liverpool's remarkable achievement of winning the Second and First Division in two consecutive seasons in 1905 and 1906. In May 1909 Cox returned as player-manager to Blackpool where he had already achieved legendary status after only one season in the beginning of his career.

Appearances per season

1897-1898 200002
1898-1899 27600033
1899-1900 25400029
1900-1901 32200034
1901-1902 31300034
1902-1903 29100030
1903-1904 33100034
1904-1905 32200034
1905-1906 28400133
1906-1907 25400029
1907-1908 35400039
1908-1909 28200030

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

22Blackburn Rovers
19Sheffield United
19Notts County
18Newcastle United
16Aston Villa
16Sheffield Wednesday
15Nottingham Forest
15Bolton Wanderers
15Stoke City
14Manchester City
11Preston North End
10Birmingham City
7Bristol City
7Manchester United
5Bradford City
5Grimsby Town
3Lincoln City
3Leicester City
3Glossop North End
2Gainsborough Trinity
2Burton United
2Brighton & Hove Albion
1Norwich City
1Oldham Athletic
1Port Vale
1Doncaster Rovers
1West Ham United

Goals per season

1897-1898 100001
1898-1899 520007
1899-1900 510006
1900-1901 10000010
1901-1902 400004
1902-1903 900009
1903-1904 900009
1904-1905 10000010
1905-1906 800008
1906-1907 710008
1907-1908 230005
1908-1909 210003

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

8FA Cup
TotalOpen play/Penalty
80Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

No records to display.

Stats note

John Thomas "Jack" Cox was said to have been born in Blackpool on 21 November 1876 in Who's Who of Liverpool 1892-1989 by Doug Lamming, but we have 21 December 1877 from his birth certificate which is no doubt the ultimate source. Cox indeed lived in Blackpool, but he moved there 3/4 years old after being born on 266 Vauxhall Road in Liverpool. Cox died on 11 November 1955 in Walton on Thames, Surrey.

Milestone Appearances

112.03.1898Notts CountyAnfieldLeague
5027.01.1900StokeVictoria GroundFA Cup
10007.09.1901StokeVictoria GroundLeague
15003.01.1903Blackburn RoversEwood ParkLeague
20017.09.1904Bradford CityAnfieldLeague
25030.12.1905Woolwich ArsenalAnfieldLeague
35023.01.1909Bradford CityValley ParadeLeague

Milestone Goals

18512.03.1898Notts CountyAnfieldLeague
504411.03.1905Doncaster RoversIntake GroundLeague

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Related Quotes

"A brilliant, but erratic genius. His great weakness is a tendency to over elaboration when in possession of the ball, but when the mood is on him, there is no hesitation; no finessing to discover the way towards goal. This is Cox, in his International humour, and when such is the case, the opposing defence know about it. On his day there is no cleverer outside-left in the kingdom than Cox."

The joint Everton/Liverpool programme describes Jack Cox in 1904

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1897-1898 * Midfielder
1898-1899 * Midfielder
1899-1900 * Midfielder
1900-1901 * Midfielder
1901-1902 * Midfielder
1902-1903 * Midfielder
1903-1904 * Midfielder
1904-1905 * Midfielder
1905-1906 * Midfielder
1906-1907 * Midfielder
1907-1908 * Midfielder
1908-1909 * Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.