72. Berkley Cox

Player Inductee

City-South/Carlton, Rover, 1954-69

> 102 games, 45 goals for Carlton, 1958-65
> 140 games for City-South, 1954-57, 1966-69
> City-South captain-coach, 1969
> City-South NTFA premierships, 1954, 1956, 1966
> City-South Best and Fairest, 1967
> Tasmanian National Carnival representative, 1966 (Hobart)
> Six representative matches for Tasmania, 1955-66
> Life member of City-South
> City-South ‘Team of the Century’ (centre)

A tough and tenacious centreman, Berkley Cox’s VFL career with Carlton was bookended by successful stints with City-South in Tasmania. Born in 1935, Cox first played senior football with City-South in the NTFA in 1954 aged 19, playing in a premiership in his first season and achieving state representative honours in his second. After 100 games and a second premiership with City-South, Cox crossed to Victoria to join Carlton, making his debut for the Blues late in the 1958 season. Over the following eight seasons Cox became a popular figure at Princes Park, playing more than 100 games for the Navy Blues, mostly as a run-with player, and showed great aptitude at tagging more skilful players out of a match. His finest season was 1962, when he played all 22 games and was named amongst his club’s best players in all four finals matches, including a preliminary final draw against Geelong and the Blues’ losing grand final appearance against Essendon two weeks later.

Cox departed the Blues at the end of 1965 aged 31, returning to his original stomping ground at City-South. He would represent his state again in his first season back, playing four matches for Tasmania at the Hobart Carnival in 1966, and would also taste premiership success with his club for a third time. After a Best and Fairest win in 1967, Cox took on the coaching role at City-South for his final season in 1969. He retired aged 34 after 140 games for the club and 242 senior games overall. In later years Cox was honoured with life membership of City-South and inclusion in the club’s ‘Team of the Century’, where he was named in the centre.