Honour for Cox
GLADSTONE'S Gary ‘Butch' Cox played alongside the legendary Arthur Beetson during an expansive rugby league career and now he has a legacy of his own.
Cox was inaugurated into the Sunshine Coast Rugby League Hall of Fame as a member of its team of the century in an ceremony last Friday at Caloundra RSL.
The former second-rower said he was shocked and humbled by the honour and admitted he never expected to be part of the side which was selected in 2008 to coincide with the centenary of rugby league.
“I was pretty chuffed about it, I didn't ever think I would be in the league of some of the fellows that I was picked with so it was a very good surprise,” he said.
Cox played top level Coast rugby league during the 1970s, and was already playing in Queensland Schoolboys, A-grade local league and Sunshine Coast representative sides at 17 years of age.
The forward was also selected in the Wide Bay rep team, from which Queensland Country was chosen, where he played against a touring English side.
“That was a real buzz, playing against the Pommy side was one of the fastest games I've played,” he said.
After a decade of Sunshine Coast success, Cox played a couple of seasons for Redcliffe in Brisbane under the captaincy and coaching of Australian Rugby League legend Arthur Beetson.
“I played with Arty, I played under Arty and I replaced Arty,” Cox said.
“My claim to fame was that I replaced Arthur Beetson five or six times in the season.”