freddie cox - fact file

1938 - 1949        winger


Born on 1st November 1920 in Reading, Berkshire.

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Freddie Cox enjoyed a career playing on right the wing where he was adept at taking the ball around players, but became most notable for moving to Tottenham's rivals Arsenal.

Joined Spurs and played for Northfleet - Tottenham's nursery team - with Bill Nicholson and Ronnie Burgess.

Cox's debut was in a Second Division away game v Swansea Town on 19th November 1938, where he scored Tottenham's goal in a 1-1 draw.

Played eight more games before World War II broke out, when he worked in the War Police and flew in the RAF as a fighter pilot, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross medal for his service.

After the war, he played for three seasons, making 99 first team appearances for Spurs.

Moved to Arsenal in September 1949, where he won the FA Cup in his first campaign with the Gunners, then onto West Bromwich Albion as a player/coach and although he played only a handful of game for the Baggies, he remained on the coaching staff working with Vic Buckingham, another ex-Spurs man.  In 1956, Freddie went on to manage Bournemouth (including a shock FA Cup win over Spurs in 1956-57) and Portsmouth, where the team was relegated from the First Division in his first season at the helm, leading to him getting the sack in February 1961.  Cox was appointed as Gillingham manager in 1962 (where he took them from third bottom of the Fourth Division table to Champions in two seasons, albeit with an organised and workmanlike style), but resigned just before Christmas in 1965 and returned to his former post as Bournemouth boss.  The Third Division team missed out on promotion in 1968-69 and were relegated the following season, with Freddie paying the price with his job in the close season.

That was his last position in football, but when Freddie retired, he stayed in Bournemouth for many years and ran a newsagents in Charminster Road.

Freddie Cox died on 7th August 1973.



MIDDLE NAMES : -  James Arthur

Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Northfleet United ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1938 ?? 19th November 1938 v Swansea Town (Second Division)  drew 1-1  (scored once) 105 18
Arsenal September 1949 12,000 7th September 1949 v West Bromwich Albion 94 16
West Bromwich Albion ?? ?? ??  4 0

Career Record
99 League appearances; 15 goals
6 FA Cup appearances; 3 goals
?? Other appearances; ?? goals

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
West Bromwich Albion
4 League appearances; 0 goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals

FA Cup winners medal 1949-1950  (Arsenal)
FA Cup runners-up medal 1951-1952  (Arsenal)



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