Hall of Fame No. 41

Prolific goalscorer enters our list of club legends

Mark Cox (Striker, 1979 - 81)

No Hall of Fame would be complete without the goalscoring machine that was Mark Cox.

His name even rhymed with "fox in the box" - and that's just what he was.

Coxy started with Lincoln City, where he made five first team appearances before switching to Doncaster Rovers. Although he managed three goals in 15 games for the Fourth Division side in 1978-79, he wasn't able to establish himself properly and found himself at Tattershall Road.

It was here that he really flourished and honed the skills that turned him into a feared predatory striker.

Nimble but strong and with a real eye for goal, he managed to pounce for 21 goals in his first season with FC - second behind Nick Mallinder and not far ahead of Martin Johnson. What a forward line that was!

By the summer of 1981, Coxy was being noticed by plenty of scouts and it was our neighbours Boston United who were persuaded to pay a transferr fee of £2,000 for this services - a pretty hefty sum in those days.

The Birmingham-born striker scored at an impressive rate of a goal every other game for the York Street but never seemed to settle there - we FC fans were always told United got it wrong tactically and insisted on playing long balls up to him as if he was a target man.

Coxy, who was also a talented tennis player to boot, never made it back into the professional ranks of the game but his scoring feats were enough to assure him of a place in our Hall of Fame.


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