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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
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disciplined: none
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Full name John David Cox
Born 21 October 1867 in Spondon, Derbyshire [registered in Shardlow, December 1867].
Attended Canal Street School, Spondon
Baptised 24 November 1867 at St. Werburgh's Church, Spondon

Census Notes

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.

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.

Not on the 1911 census, having emigrated to Canada.

Married twice, firstly to Edith Dora Heffer, 3 July 1893 at St Werburgh's Church, Spondon [registered in Shardlow, September 1893] by Rev. Reginald Fawkes MA. Edith died on 7 August 1907 in Toronto, and secondly to Margaret J. Watson.
Died 10 June 1957 at 235 Clendenan Avenue, Toronto, county York, aged 89 years 232 days [registered in Ontario, Canada].
Buried or interned in Prospect Cemetery, St. Clair Avenue, West Toronto.
Height/Weight 5' 7", 11st. 2lbs [1891], 5' 7", 11st. 6lbs [1899].


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

Club 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 1891, until he left in 1899 following 212 league appearances and seven goals.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1897-98, 1898-99;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of thirteen, across two matches, who became the 185th players (193) 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 Championships 1891-92;
Team honours British Championships winners 1891-92;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

England Tragedy

"FAILURE OF AN OLD DERBY COUNTY FOOTBALLER. - On Tuesday morning [7 May 1901] 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, 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, 15 May 1901.

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.


Jack Cox - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 0 0 0 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.


Jack Cox - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - British Championship 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Jack Cox - Match Record - Tournament Matches
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
All 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Jack Cox - Match History
 Club: Derby County F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 24
1 44 5 March 1892- Ireland 0 England 2, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AW Start rh
Age 32
FA Tour of Germany 23 November 1899 - Germany 2 England 13, Athletik-Sportsplatz, Berlin tour AW Start rh
24 November 1899 - Germany 2 England 10, Athletik-Sportsplatz, Berlin AW referee
26 November 1899 - Austria 0 England 8, Stadión Letná, Praha AW Start rh
28 November 1899 - Germany 0 England 7, Military Exercise Ground, Karlsruhe AW Start rh