Nelson Joel Cox

b. 1921 | d. 1980

Nelson Cox played the first of his 92 senior games for the Richmond Cricket Club in the 1941-42 season as a nineteen year old.

He was a speedy right arm opening bowler with a strong action that saw him capture 148 wickets including a rare hat-trick, win a first eleven Bowling Award in 1944-45 and play in the Tigers first ever Premiership team of 1946-47.

On retiring from senior cricket in 1950-51, he acted as captain of the Third Eleven for three years, he held the distinction of having played in First, Second and Third eleven Premierships for Richmond.

Nelson was elected to the committee in 1955 and awarded Life Membership in 1958. It was as a club administrator that Nelson excelled. He was appointed Richmond’s 15th President in 1966 and occupied the chair until his sad demise in 1980, only 59 years of age.

During his term in office Richmond became a force in district cricket, winning a senior premiership in 1976/77. They were runners up three times; they also won Second and Third eleven Premierships and took out the V.C.A Club Championship on four occasions. He was a driving force in developing the social club building that saw the 1937 grandstand transformed into a Social Club containing offices, bar and dining facilities. This dining room lounge was named after him and was opened in 1980.

Nelson Cox gave 40 of his precious 59 years on earth to the Richmond Cricket Club and is a worthy inductee into the 2009 Hall of Fame.