Jackie Cox
Jackie Cox
see also: Jackie Cox (opposition manager) →
Jackie Cox
● Jackie Cox, c1938 (SPT)

born in Scotland

John Cox was born on Monday, 9th May, 1910, in Darvel, East Ayrshire.

The defender signed for Donald Turner's Thistle on Wednesday, 21st August, 1940, having most recently been with Ayr United.

Aged 30, he made his debut appearance on Wednesday, 4th September, 1940, in a 1-0 defeat away to Rangers in the Glasgow Cup.

There were no goals for Jackie during his spell with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 23rd November, 1940, in a 2-0 defeat away to Dumbarton in the Southern League, having appeared as a Jag on 4 occasions.

His club-list included Darvel, Hamilton Academical, Preston North End, Ayr United, St Mirren and Partick Thistle.

Jackie died on Monday, 17th September, 1990, in Darvel, East Ayrshire, aged 80.

Bio Extra

Defender Jackie was 30 years old when he played 4 games for Thistle during the war year of 1940. He first played in a Glasgow Cup 1-0 defeat against Rangers at Ibrox on 4 September 1940. The following 3 games were in the wartime Southern League, a 3-3 draw against Clyde at Firhill 3 days later on 7 September 1940; a 3-1 defeat away to Morton and finally a 2-0 loss away to Dumbarton on 23 November 1940. During his time at Firhill Jackie was also listed as being a shipyard worker.

Jack was an Ayr United player from 1939 to 1946, but the club didn’t play during the initial years of the war. As well as a guest at Firhill, he also played for St Mirren and returned to Hamilton during this period. In 1944 he played in an Irvine and District XI against Blantyre Victoria “Salute the Soldiers” match.

Jackie started his football career with his local side Darvel in 1929, then moved to Hamilton Academical in 1931. During his time at Hamilton, Jackie played more than 200 matches for the club, including 196 league games. He mostly played as a right half for Hamilton. Jackie played his part in the club getting to the 1935 Scottish Cup Final, where they were defeated 2-1 by Rangers.

Jackie was transferred to Preston North End for £1,200 in July 1938, but returned to Scotland to play for the 1939/40 season for Ayr United. Jackie was an Ayr player for the years 1939 to 1946. After the war he played the rest of his football career with Stranraer, from 1946 to 1948. “He was reckoned to be the hardest and most fearless right half ever to have played for the Stair Park side”, according to the Hamilton Academical Memory Bank.

Jackie became manager of Hamilton in December 1951, before moving to manage Ayr United in 1956. He was manager at Somerset until 1961, and in 1962 became manager of St Mirren, until 1965.

(DMAC)



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