Harold Cox RIP

Paul Vanes writes:

HAROLD COX born 1937 died 4th June 2015

Harold began his career as an amateur with Birmingham City but whilst in the Army on National Service turned out for Bristol Rovers where he again came under the Blues radar before turning professional for his home town club in June 1959.

He joined Nuneaton Borough in 1961/62 ending the season making 42 appearances and scoring 3 goals then moving on to Kidderminster Harriers where in 63/64, they won the Birmingham Senior cup and were league runners-up.

The following season Harriers did the double retaining the Senior cup and winning the league title but were finalists in the Worcestershire Senior cup and the club, in 1965/66, won their County cup but lost out to Tamworth in the Birmingham equivalent.

Harold threw his lot in with Lockheed in 66/67 at the age of 29 making at least 34 appearances and scoring once, for the Brakes, Harold played at right back and each half back position.

He made an outstanding contribution in the Brakes victory against a Coventry City side that contained seven first teamers who defeated the Shakers at Bury the previous day plus three others with senior experience that season. Harold collected the Leamington Charity Invitation cup after Lockheed had beaten the Sky Blues 5-3 watched by more than 3,000 spectators.

The last match of that season saw Harold make his debut for Tamworth at Cinderford on the 27th of May, 57 appearances and one goal in 1967/68, 59 games and two goals the following season and finally 19 appearances in 69/70 totalling 136 games and 3 goals for the Lambs.

Harold became manager of the Harriers in 69/70 and re-joined Tamworth in 72/73 before resigning on 25th February 1974 after 109 matches in charge. As a measure of the man he was, he captained all four of his non-league clubs.

The thoughts of everyone here at the BrakesTrust.com and Leamington Football Club go out to wife Jean, David, Sharon, Tracey, step sons Nigel and Andrew, Family and Friends at this very sad time. The funeral is at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium on Friday at 3.30pm and a reception will be held in the Sponsors Lounge at the Lamb Ground afterwards.

Grateful thanks go to RG of Nuneaton and the Tamworth Football Club Heritage website.

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