Hall of Fame No. 6

Popular personality is the first goalkeeper to join our 50th anniversary Hall of Fame

Graham Cox (Goalkeeper 1988 - 92)

One of the most popular members of Bill Brindley's all-conquering Central Midlands League side, Graham Cox's jovial personality and rapport with the fans belied a talented and determined goalkeeper whose performances between the sticks made him just as important to the team as any of his teammates, writes Andy Sandall.

A tall, ungainly figure, he was instantly recognizable as he played in spectacles, and with his laid-back attitude and love for chatting to the fans behind the goal, he could easily be overlooked or not taken seriously. But his defenders could certainly hear him leading them from the back, and woe betide any defender or midfielder who gave the ball away in a dangerous position, forcing him into unexpected action - his opinion of their performance could probably be heard by the Saturday league clubs playing on the adjacent pitches!

Although he could never be described as having a classic technique, Cox simply had an innate ability to prevent the ball from going into the net and doing whatever it took, using whatever body part he could, to stop the opposition from scoring.

He also managed to make the scoresheet during his time at the club, grabbing the ball from his captain to score a penalty in an end of season friendly to celebrate winning the CML and Lincs Senior 'A' Cup double!

Debut: 20 August 1988 - Crookes H 1-3


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