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Football Honours And Celebrates The Life Of Emersen Cox

Published: 3/02/2017 3:08:00 PM

Football is Family

Our football family offer their sincere condolences to the Cox family on the tragic passing of their middle child Emersen Francis Farrell Cox on 2nd January, 2017. Emersen is the son of current Maroubra United O45 Gold player Glenn, his wife Jan and brother to Nelson and Dominic.

NPL3 First Grade Dunbar Rovers FC and Apia Leichhardt Tigers FC will be playing for the Emersen Cox Memorial Trophy at Lambert Park, Leichhardt on Sunday 12th February, 2017 at 8:00pm (changed from original 6:00pm kick off due to heat). This is a chance for the greater football community to remember and honour a young player who left us too soon and witness some quality FNSW Competition football.

We asked Glenn to provide us all with some information about his son Emersen and are humbled he allowed us a small insight into the incredible football life of Emersen, as well as the depth and width of his Eastern Suburbs football ties.

Emersen was born on 21 April 1993 and sadly passed away on 2 January 2017 following a tragic accidental fall in Hyde Park.

"Outside of school Emersen excelled at football, playing for Easts u6s when he was 4.  I was proud to coach his Easts team through to u10s.   He played for ESFA Sydney University in Metro League u11s and 12s under coach Tony Musemeci.   He played for ESFA in State Titles in Mudgee and Merimbula in 2004 and 2005 (u11 and u12)

When our family relocated for a period of time to Washington DC in 2005 Emersen was quickly selected to play for Bethesda Arsenal who were ranked in the top 10 u14 teams in the US.   The team toured to the Netherlands and trained under the Ajax youth head coach, winning all tournament and friendly matches.

In America, he was selected in the U.S. Olympic Development Program even though he was not an American citizen.   They must have thought they could convince him to change his citizenship!  This squad toured to Scotland and trained at Celtic United.

Back in Australia, Emersen played with Dulwich Hill u14s, Sydney Olympic u15s, Macarthur Rams u16s (top scorer with 8 goals from central midfield) and Sydney University u18s and 20s."

Emersen also played futsal for Sydney Barcelona in the second tier state competition.   He also helped his school based futsal team win the Glebe PCYC competition in 2004.

He also often played futsal with my various teams at Indoor Central including Gerry Frittman  and his boys, and Leon Jacques and Andrew Cartwright.

A highlight for our family was winning the 365 Summer Sixes all age competition at Lambert Park in 2015.  Emersen and his brothers carried the team to victory despite his father and uncle weighing them down.  We had 7 Cox's in the team which was named Le Cox Sportif!

We hope many of our football family can attend the match.

We acknowledge Dunbar Rovers and Apia for uniting to honour a young man and his family with respect from within the game.

The following is the schedule for the Trophy:

·        Introduction by ground announcer – with words provided by the Cox Family

·        A minute’s silence prior to kick-off

·        Black armbands to be worn by all players

·        Presentation of the Emerson Cox Trophy to the winning team after the match by the Cox family.

May Glenn, Jan, Nelson and Dominic find solace in their cherished and wonderful memories and the support of the extended football community during this sorrowful time.

RIP Emersen Cox

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