David Fox (footballer)

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David Fox
Fox in August 2012
Personal information
Full name David Lee Fox
Date of birth (1983-12-13) 13 December 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Leek, Staffordshire, England[1]
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
000?–2000 Exeter City
2000–2002 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Manchester United 0 (0)
2003–2004 Royal Antwerp (loan) 0 (0)
2004 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 4 (1)
2006–2009 Blackpool 94 (6)
2009–2010 Colchester United 18 (3)
2010–2014 Norwich City 61 (1)
2013 Barnsley (loan) 7 (0)
National team
1999 England U16 1 (0)
2000 England U17 2 (0)
2002 England U19 1 (0)
2002–2003 England U20 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:53, 22 November 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:34, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

David Lee Fox (born 13 December 1983) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder.

Born in Leek, Staffordshire, Fox began his career with Exeter City, where his father Peter was player-manager, before joining Manchester United in July 2000. However, he was unable to break into the first-team and spent time on loan with Belgian club Royal Antwerp and Shrewsbury Town before making a permanent transfer to Blackpool in 2006. After three years with Blackpool, he joined Colchester United in 2009, before moving to Norwich City a year later. In 2013, he went on a three-month loan to Barnsley. He has also played for the England Under-20s.

Club career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Born in Leek, Staffordshire, Fox is the son of former footballer Peter Fox, who was playing as a goalkeeper for Stoke City at the time of David's birth. After Peter signed for Exeter City in 1993, the family moved to Devon and David joined the club's youth system. In April 2000, Fox was invited to play for Manchester United's under-17s side at the Nivea Junior Football Tournament in Bludenz, Austria, where he played in four of the five matches.[2] In July 2000, shortly after his father's departure from Exeter, Fox signed a trainee contract with Manchester United, before signing his first professional contract on 13 December 2000, his 17th birthday.[3]

In his first season with Manchester United, Fox was a regular in the under-17s, playing in 26 out of a possible 27 matches in the FA Premier Academy League and scoring seven goals. He also made one appearance in the FA Youth Cup, coming on as a substitute for Gary Sampson in the 8–0 fourth-round win over Scunthorpe United, as well as making his debut for the under-19s in a 2–1 defeat away to Wrexham on 17 March 2001.[4] In 2001–02, he made the permanent step up to the under-19s, appearing in 25 of a possible 28 league matches and scoring three goals, as well as appearing in all four FA Youth Cup matches. He got his first taste of reserve team football early in the season, appearing in three friendlies before making his first competitive appearance as a substitute for Phil Neville in a 1–0 league win at home to Aston Villa on 25 October 2001. After a further five substitute appearances for the reserves, he made his first start in the 2–1 defeat away to Oldham Athletic in the Manchester Senior Cup on 11 March 2002, before following it up with another start in a 2–0 away win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Premier Reserve League, in which Manchester United finished as champions.[4]

Fox began the 2002–03 season in the under-19s, but began playing more for the reserves towards the end of the season, ultimately playing 20 times for the under-19s and 18 times for the reserves, including three more appearances in the Manchester Senior Cup. On 14 April 2003, Fox was one of only two scorers in a penalty shoot-out against Bury in the Manchester Senior Cup, which Manchester United won 2–0 after a 2–2 draw in normal time.[4] The following season, he was farmed out on loan for six months to Manchester United's Belgian feeder club, Royal Antwerp, where he made 11 appearances, all in friendlies.[5] He returned to Manchester United in January 2004, and made nine more appearances for the reserve team before the end of the season, including the final of the Manchester Senior Cup, in which Manchester United beat Manchester City 3–2 to win the cup.[4]

In pre-season ahead of the 2004–05 campaign, Fox was named in the Manchester United first team for a friendly against Burnley for Stan Ternent's testimonial; with Manchester United 3–1 up in the 68th minute, Fox was brought on in place of defender Jonathan Spector to make his first-team debut.[4] After seven matches of the reserves' season, on 7 October 2004, Fox was signed on a one-month loan by League Two side Shrewsbury Town. He made his professional debut the next day in a 1–0 defeat at home to Rushden & Diamonds,[6] and scored his first goal in his second game, a 4–1 defeat at Leyton Orient a week later.[7] He made two more appearances for Shrewsbury before returning to Manchester United in November 2004. On his return, Fox was made captain of the reserves, and led the team to victory in the Premier Reserve League, The Central League First Division West, and the Central League Cup, as well as the final of the Manchester Senior Cup, in which they lost 3–2 to Manchester City.[4]


Fox continued in the Manchester United reserve team at the start of the 2005–06 season, but at the age of 22 and having failed to break into the first team, he was allowed to join League One side Blackpool on a free transfer in January 2006. He scored his first goal for the Seasiders on 4 February 2006, in a 2–2 draw against Nottingham Forest at Bloomfield Road.[8]

On 9 June 2009, Fox was one of eight Blackpool players released by new manager Ian Holloway. He joined Colchester United on 1 July.

Colchester United[edit]

Fox made his debut for Colchester in the opening game of the season on 8 August 2009, in their 7–1 away victory over Norwich City, in which he scored direct from a free-kick. Fox added a second goal to his tally for Colchester on his home debut Against Yeovil. His third goal came in the 2–2 draw against Oldham Athletic.

Norwich City[edit]

After one season at Colchester, Fox agreed to sign for Norwich on 2 June 2010 on a two-year deal and was given the squad number 15. Initially used as a substitute, Fox became a regular selection in midfield. He scored his first goal for Norwich in the 1–1 draw at Millwall.[9] In the 2011–12 season, Fox came third in the voting Norwich's player of the season award for consistently good performances throughout the club's return to the Premier League. However, Fox fell out of favour under new Norwich manager Chris Hughton and rarely featured in the 2012–13 season. Despite this, in September 2012 it was announced that he had signed an extension to his contract - extending it until summer 2014, with the option of a further year.

Loan to Barnsley[edit]

On 27 September 2013, it was announced that Fox had joined Championship side Barnsley on a 93-day emergency loan. Fox played against Leicester City the following day, starting seven consecutive games until he contracted mumps. His last game for Barnsley before returning to Norwich was on 9 November.[10]

International career[edit]

Fox played for England Under-20s in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Personal life[edit]

Fox's father is the former Stoke City goalkeeper and Exeter City player-manager Peter Fox, who is currently Blackpool's goalkeeping coach. His brother also has footballing connections as he plays for Leek CSOB.





  1. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 504. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  2. ^ Butler, Cliff; Ponting, Ivan, eds. (2000). Manchester United Official Yearbook 2000. London: Manchester United Books. p. 195. ISBN 0-233-99783-0. 
  3. ^ Butler, Cliff; Ponting, Ivan, eds. (2001). Manchester United Official Yearbook 2001. London: Manchester United Books. p. 163. ISBN 0-233-99952-3. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "David Fox". redStat. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Spelersprofiel". R.A.F.C.-Museum (Royal Antwerp FC). Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Shrewsbury 0-1 Rushden". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 8 October 2004. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Leyton Orient 4-1 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 16 October 2004. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Soccerbase result
  9. ^ "Millwall 1-1 Norwich". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 9 November 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.barnsleyfc.co.uk/news/article/fox-joins-on-loan-1079989.aspx

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