Neil Fox (rugby league)

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Neil Fox
Personal information
Born (1939-05-04) 4 May 1939 (age 75)
Sharlston, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Playing information
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 13 st 7 lb (85 kg)
Position Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1956–69 Wakefield Trinity 441 238 1442 0 3598
1969–70 Bradford 27 4 11 0 34
1970–74 Wakefield Trinity 133 34 394 0 890
1974–75 Hull KR 59 16 210 2 470
1976 York 13 2 42 0 90
1976–77 Bramley 23 6 73 0 164
1977–78 Huddersfield 23 5 72 1 160
1978–79 Bradford 43 8 73 1 171
Total 762 313 2317 4 5577
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1958–68 Yorkshire 17 9 60 0 147
1962 England 1 1 3 0 9
1959–69 Great Britain 29 14 93 0 228

Neil Fox MBE (born 4 May 1939 in Sharlston,[1] West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English former professional rugby league footballer and player-coach of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. A goal-kicking three-quarter back, he set the all-time points record, scoring 6,220 points during his career.[2] The brother of fellow rugby league players, Peter and Don Fox, Neil played for Yorkshire sides such as; Wakefield Trinity (twice) (captain) (Heritage #629), Bradford Northern (twice), Hull Kingston Rovers, York, Bramley and Huddersfield.

Playing career[edit]

1950s[edit]

Neil Fox is the joint-fifth youngest player (along with Nigel Wright) to make his début for Wakefield Trinity aged 16 years and 3 months in 1956. Fox was selected for Yorkshire County XIII whilst at Wakefield Trinity during the 1958/59 and 1959/60 seasons,[3] Neil Fox played Centre, i.e. number 3 in Wakefield Trinity’s 17–12 victory over Australia in the tour match at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Monday 10 December 1956.[4]

1960s[edit]

Neil Fox played Centre, i.e. number 4 in Wakefield Trinity's 3-27 defeat by Wigan in the 1959–60 Rugby Football League Championship final at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 21 May 1960.[5]

Neil Fox played Centre, i.e. number 4, and scored twenty points (two tries and seven goals) in Wakefield Trinity's 38-5 victory over Hull in the 1959–60 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on 14 May 1960, setting a new record for most points in a Challenge Cup Final. This feat was equalled by Iestyn Harris (1 try and 8 goals) in Leeds Rhinos' victory over the London Broncos in the 1999 Challenge Cup Final.

Neil Fox played Centre, i.e. number 4, and scored two tries and two goals in Wakefield Trinity's 16-10 victory over Huddersfield in the 1960 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1960–61 season at Headingley, Leeds on 29 October 1960.[6]

Fox scored a try and three goals in the 12-6 victory over Huddersfield in the 1961–62 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on 12 May 1962, and was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance. He scored five goals in the 25-10 victory over Wigan in the 1962–63 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on 11 May 1963.[6]

Neil Fox played Left-Centre, i.e. number 4, and scored three goals in the 21-9 victory over St. Helens in the 1966-67 Rugby Football League Championship final replay at Station Road, Swinton on Wednesday 10 May 1967, scored a try and two goals the 17-10 victory over Hull in the 1967-68 Rugby Football League Championship final at Headingley on Saturday 4 May 1968.[6]

Neil Fox and Alex Murphy are the only British rugby league footballers to have had two Testimonial matches. Neil Fox's were both at Wakefield Trinity in 1966, and 1979. Alex Murphy's were at St Helens in 1965, and at Warrington in 1976.

Circa-1968 Neil Fox owned a Turf accountant's business in Goldthorpe. He was player - coach of Underbank Rangers and achieved a Holliday Cup and promotion double in 1981/82.

Fox retired with the record for most points scored in Anglo-Australian test match history until overtaken by Mal Meninga in 1992.[7]

Post playing[edit]

Fox was inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame in 1989. On 30 August 2005 Fox, along with former rugby league greats Billy Boston and Mick Sullivan, opened the Rugby League Heritage Centre.

Arriva Yorkshire honoured 13 rugby league footballers on Thursday 20 August 2009, at a ceremony at Wheldon Road, the home of Castleford. A fleet of new buses were named after the 'Arriva Yorkshire Rugby League Dream Team'. Members of the public nominated the best ever rugby league footballers to have played in West Yorkshire, supported by local rugby league journalists; James Deighton from BBC Leeds, and Tim Butcher, editor of Rugby League World. The 'Arriva Yorkshire Rugby League Dream Team' is; Trevor Foster MBE, Neil Fox MBE, Albert Goldthorpe, Alan Hardisty, Stan Kielty, Lewis Jones, Roger Millward MBE, Malcolm Reilly, Garry Schofield, Keith Senior, David Topliss, Dave Valentine and Adrian Vowles.[8]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rugby League Hall of Fame - Neil Fox". RLHallofFame.org.uk. 25 October 2007. 
  3. ^ Lindley, John (1960). Dreadnoughts - A HISTORY OF Wakefield Trinity F. C. 1873 - 1960 [Page118]. John Lindley Son & Co Ltd. ISBN n/a
  4. ^ Briggs, Cyril & Edwards, Barry (12 May 1962). The Rugby League Challenge Cup Competition - Final Tie - Huddersfield v Wakefield Trinity - Match Programme. Wembley Stadium Ltd. ISBN n/a
  5. ^ "1959-1960 Championship Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Hoole, Les (2004). Wakefield Trinity RLFC - FIFTY GREAT GAMES. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-429-9
  7. ^ Gallaway, Jack (2003). Origin: Rugby League's Greatest Contest 1980 - 2002. Australia: University of Queensland Press. pp. 177–78. ISBN 0-7022-3383-8. 
  8. ^ "Arriva Yorkshire Rugby League Dream Team". Arriva Yorkshire. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 

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