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Jack Cox

Derby County FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 2: A 0
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  John David Cox
Birth Monday, 21 October 1867 in Spondon, Derbyshire
  registered in Shardlow October-December 1867
Baptism Sunday, 24 November 1867 at St. Werburgh's Church, Spondon
Education Attended Canal Street School, Spondon

According to the 1871 census, three year-old John D. is the only son of George and Elizabeth (née Thornhill), living in Church Street, Spondon. His father is a plumber and glazier.


According to the 1881 census, John D. has an older brother, Thomas W., and a younger brother, George G.. They live at Church Hill in Spondon. His father is a plumber and painter.


According to the 1891 census, John D. is the only one of the children still at home in Church Hill with his parents. He is now a plumber along with his father.

First marriage to Edith Dora Heffer, Monday, 3 July 1893 at St Werburgh's Church, Spondon.
  registered in Shardlow July-September 1893
"COX—HEFFER.—On July 3, at the Parish Church, Spondon, by the Rev. Reginald Fawkes, M.A., John David Cox, second son of George Cox, of Spondon, to Edith Dora Heffer, third daughter of the late Henry Heffer, of Bristol." - The Derby Daily Telegraph, Tuesday, 4 July 1898.
Children Jack and Edith Cox had two sons together. Frank (b.15 August 1894) and Robert (b.1898).

According to the 1901 census, John David is married with two sons, Frank and Robert, living at Clifton Cottage, 22 Chapel Street in Spondon. He is a plumber.

"FAILURE OF AN OLD DERBY COUNTY FOOTBALLER. - On Tuesday morning, a meeting was held at the Official Receiver's Offices. Full-street, Derby, of the creditors of John David Cox, lately residing and carrying on business at the Angler's Arms, Nottingham road, Spondon, and now living at Clifton Cottage, Chapel-street, Spondon. The debtor, who for a number of years played half-back for Derby County, is now described as a journeyman painter. His liabilities amounted to £1561 16s. 8d., and his assets were: surplus from securities in the hands of creditors fully secured £10, and views in Germany and photographic groups £1, thus leaving a deficiency of £145 16s. 8d. The debtor alleged that his failure was due to losses in business when at the Angler's Arms, Spondon. No resolutions were passed, and the estate remains in the hands of the Official Receiver." Derby Daily Telegraph, Wednesday, 8 May 1901
"John David Cox, the well known county footballer, was...examined. He said that he had been keeping the Angler's Arms, Spondon, but trade was bad, and the rent high. He commenced trading at the public-house in 1898, when he saved £200 from his earnings as a plumber, painter and professional footballer. When he left the Angler's Arms he owed the landlord £107. They had the whole of that out of the valuation. The furniture belonged to his wife, it being left to her before marriage. A friend of his (Mr. Smith) lent him £125 before he went into the house. He spent a good deal of money in trying to get a license for a house owned by his father. He had had bad debts to the extent of £50. He now owed £156, and his assets were £11.-The debtor passed his examination." - Sheffield Telegraph, Wednesday, 15 May 1901.

(Jack's youngest son, Robert, died on 9 August 1906, and a year later, his wife, Edith, dies on 7 August 1907, in Toronto).
Not on the 1911 or 1921 census', having emigrated to Canada.
(his mother died at the end of 1924)

Second marriage to Margaret Jane Warneford, on Thursday, 21 March 1935 at the United Church, 588 Clinton Street in Toronto.
Jack is a master painter, living at 64 Hillsboro Avenue in the city. His bride, ten years younger, was born in Oerth, Scotland, living at 3 Rosedale Road, also in Toronto.
Death Monday, 10 June 1957 at 235 Clendenan Avenue, Toronto, county York in Canada
aged 89 years 232 days registered in Ontario June 1957


"Ex-Rams player dies, aged 89.
"A Derby County footballer more than 50 years ago, Mr. Jack Cox has died in Toronto, Canada, aged 89. A member of a Spondon family he played in the Rams defence for several seasons and his capabilities were recognised by England in 1892. He emigrated to Canada soon after giving up the game and became a painter and decorator, retiring at the age of 80. A contemporary sportsman with whom he maintained contact for many years until the 1950's was Mr. L. G. Wright, Derbyshire's 'Grand Old Man' of cricket and amateur footballer for the Rams, who died at his home in Derby Lane, Derby, in 1953, aged 90. Mr. Cox leaves a widow and family. Mr. A. T. Cox, of 13 Emerson Square, Derby, and his sister, Mrs. E.Doyle, of Coventry, are Mr. Cox's newphew and niece."
- Derby Evening Telegraph, Monday, 24 June 1957.
Funeral Prospect Cemetery, St. Clair Avenue, West Toronto.


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], David Cox &

Playing Career

Club(s) Began his junior career at Spondon FC, and also played with Long Eaton Rangers FC, before joining his local professional club, Derby County FC in March 1891, until he left in 1899.
League History
212 appearances, 7 goals
one expulsion
Derby County FC 1891-99, 212 appearances, seven goals.
debut: 21 March 1891 Sunderland AFC 5 Derby County FC 1.
last: 25 December 1899 Derby County FC 3 Liverpool FC 2.
Club honours Football League Division One runners-up 1895-96 (22ᵃ 1ᵍ);
FA Cup runners-up 1897-98 (6ᵃ), 1898-99 (5ᵃ);
Individual honours None
Distinctions Cox did not receive a benefit match, rather, a collection was made at the Derby County FC vs. Aston Villa FC match on 17 October 1896.
Height/Weight 5' 7", 11st. 2lbs [1891], 12st & 11st. 6lbs [1899].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & ENFA.

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 185th players (185) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
Only match No. 44, 5 March 1892, Ireland 0 England 2, a British Championship match at Cliftonville Gardens, Cliftonville, Belfast, aged 24 years 136 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1891-92;
Team honours British Championship winners 1891-92;
Individual honours None

Beyond England

Emigrated to Ontario after 1901, apparently after he was declared bankrupt. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.77.
According to his own letter, now in the hands of his own relative, David Cox, Jack lived in Muskoka, near Toronto, for over forty years. Moving into Toronto during WW2.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
1 1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2 0 100 +1
His only match was in the British Championship and played at an away venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1891-92 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2 0 100 +1

Match History

 Club: Derby County F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. International Selection Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 24
1 44 5 March 1892 - Ireland 0 England 2
Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast
BC AW   rh

one of five who became the 185th player (185) to appear for England
the third Derby County FC player to represent England

Age 32

FA Tour of Germany
23 November 1899 - Germany 2 England 13, Athletik-Sportsplatz, Berlin
AW   rh
24 November 1899 - Germany 2 England 10, Athletik-Sportsplatz, Berlin referee
25 November 1899 - Austria 0 England 8, Stadión Letná, Praha AW  
28 November 1899 - Germany 0 England 7, Military Exercise Ground, Karlsruhe AW