SAMMY COX NARSA HONORARY MEMBER
NARSA are proud to share this magnificent banner depicting honorary member Sammy Cox and his Ibrox career. The banner is 10 meters X 15 meters. It was unveiled for the first time at Ibrox on 22/02/06 just prior to the Rangers v Villarreal Champions League game.
It’s not to often we as Rangers supporters, and members of NARSA get the opportunity to honor and award one of our own. Especially a living legend with the stature of Mr. Sammy Cox.
However, this was indeed the case during the NARSA Convention & AGM, Vancouver Canada June 2nd 2001. For Sammy’s contributions to Glasgow Rangers F.C. and his committed generosity to NARSA. Sammy was delighted to accept his award and his long overdue honorary life membership to our organisation. Sammy is seen above, accepting his award from NARSA President Davie Shillinglaw.
It’s our pleasure to give you a run down on his distinguished career: 1946-55
As beautifully balanced as any footballer who ever played for Rangers and Scotland, Sammy Cox was in a sense a player out of his time. He could well have fitted comfortably into any Brazilian team of the eighties. An Ayrshire boy from Darvel, he played as a teenage amateur during the Second World War with Queen’s Park, Third Lanark, and Dundee.
He joined Rangers as a professional in May 1946, on the same day as goalkeeper Bobby Brown, and like Brown had established himself in the team within a year, playing every League match of season 1947-48. He went on to have an outstanding ten-year career at Ibrox, then played a few more seasons with East Fife before emigrating to Canada in 1959.
Cox was essentially a left-sided player, but he played with distinction in either full-back position, either wing-half position. Indeed, he played an international match against France in Paris in 1948 as an inside-forward. He also captained Scotland against England in the Hampden match of 1954. By the end of the 1940s he was ready to succeed Jock Shaw, and became the regular left-back in both Rangers and Scotland teams.
His play was characterised by balance, quickness and a supreme confidence based on his exceptional technical ability. Cox had a sophisticated football brain which, in spite of the fact that he was not quite 5’8″ in height, and just 150 Ib in weight, it allowed him to make the most crisp and incisive tackles. His positional and tactical sense led him to base his defensive work on manoeuvring opponents into dead-end locations, and he had particular success against outstanding wingers such as Stanley Matthews and Tom Finney. He was a regular in the Scotland team from 1949 to 1954.
League Championship: 1948-49, 49-50,52-53
Scottish Cup: 1947-48,48-49,49-50
League Cup: 1948-49
Honours: 24 Scotland caps
Born: Darvel, 13 April 1924
Below we have a picture of Sammy’s wife Jean with The Gaffer Alex McLeish, and his assistant Andy Watson.
Also a nice picture of Sammy, with Alex McLeish during the NARSA Convention in Windsor Ontario 2002.