David Fox (footballer)
Fox in August 2012
|Full name||David Lee Fox|
|Date of birth||13 December 1983|
|Place of birth||Leek, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Current club||Norwich City|
|2002–2003||→ Royal Antwerp (loan)||0||(0)|
|2003–2004||→ Royal Antwerp (loan)||0||(0)|
|2004||→ Shrewsbury Town (loan)||4||(1)|
|2013||→ Barnsley (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:53, 22 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Leek, Staffordshire, Fox began his career with Manchester United, but 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. He has also played for the England Under-20s.
Born in Leek, Staffordshire near Stoke-on-Trent, Fox signed a professional contract with Manchester United on 13 December 2000 (his 17th birthday). He was loaned to League Two side Shrewsbury Town in October 2004, making his professional debut in a 1–0 home defeat to Rushden & Diamonds, and scoring his first goal in his second game, a 4–1 defeat at Leyton Orient.
He also spent time on loan to United's feeder club in Belgium, Royal Antwerp, and captained Manchester United's FA Premier Reserve League North side. In his time with United, Fox made 56 Reserve League North appearances, scoring three goals.
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.
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. 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
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.
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.
- Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 504. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
- "Leyton Orient 4-1 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 16 October 2004. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- Soccerbase result
- "Millwall 1-1 Norwich". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 9 November 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2013.