Peter Fox (footballer)

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Peter Fox
Personal information
Full name Peter David Fox[1]
Date of birth (1957-07-05) 5 July 1957 (age 57)[1]
Place of birth Scunthorpe, England[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1978 Sheffield Wednesday 49 (0)
1977 Barnsley (loan) 1 (0)
1977 Team Hawaii (loan) 25 (0)
1978–1993 Stoke City 409 (0)
1992 Linfield (loan)
1993 Wrexham (loan) 0 (0)
1993–1999 Exeter City 108 (0)
Total 592 (0)
Teams managed
1995–2000 Exeter City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter Fox (born 5 July 1957) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Barnsley, Exeter City, Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Fox was born in Scunthorpe and began his career with Sheffield Wednesday, making his debut aged just 15 years 8 months, a club record in a 2–0 victory over Leyton Orient. Unfortunately for Fox he broke his toe that day and lost his place to another younger keeper, Chris Turner. Following the arrival of Jack Charlton as manager in October 1977, Fox found himself in the reserves, Charlton liked big keepers who could kick the ball long into the opponents half. After spending time out on loan at Barnsley and a summer in the NASL with Team Hawaii, Stoke City paid £15,000 to sign Fox.[1]

After spending the 1978–79 season in the reserves, Fox took over from Roger Jones as number 1 in April 1980 as Stoke battled against relegation. He kept two clean sheets in the final two games which City won to stay up. Taking advice from the experienced Denis Smith Fox was ever present for Stoke in 1980–81 and 1983–84 as he won the player of the year award in 1980–81, 1981–82 and 1989–90. Throughout his 15 years at the Victoria Ground Fox had to fight off competition and almost quit football after he felt he had been branded a cheat after being sent-off for handling outside of his area against Luton Town in September 1982. He was out injured for most of the awful 1984–85 season which saw Stoke relegated with a record low points tally. He was given a Testimonial against Everton in 1989 and was appointed captain by Alan Ball in early 1990.[1]

He lost his place under new manager Lou Macari in 1991–92 with Jason Kearton and Ronnie Sinclair being preferred. However with both being cup-tied, Fox played in the 1992 Football League Trophy Final as Stoke beat Stockport County 1–0. He spent the Autumn of 1992 on loan at Northern Irish club Linfield.[1] He was recalled in October 1992 and made his long awaited 400th league appearance for Stoke. Fox joined Wrexham on loan, but didn't make an appearance as he was again recalled by Stoke to play in the last few matches of the 1992–93 promotion campaign.[1] He was released on a free after making 477 appearances for Stoke and joined Alan Ball at Exeter City.[1]

Managerial career[edit]

Following his release aged 36, he joined Exeter City, initially as player-coach, being made manager in 1995 after the departure of Terry Cooper. His time at the helm at Exeter was one of consistent mid-table mediocrity. The club was never in any serious relegation danger, however. He left St James Park in January 2000, replaced by his assistant Noel Blake.

Personal life[edit]

His son, David, is also a professional footballer.

Career statistics[edit]

As a player[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sheffield Wednesday 1972–73 Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1973–74 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1974–75 Third Division 20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
1975–76 Third Division 27 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
1976–77 Third Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1977–78 Third Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 49 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 52 0
Barnsley (loan) 1977–78 Fourth Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Team Hawaii (loan) 1977 NASL 25 0 25 0
Total 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
Stoke City 1978–79 Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1979–80 First Division 23 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
1980–81 First Division 42 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 46 0
1981–82 First Division 38 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 41 0
1982–83 First Division 35 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 39 0
1983–84 First Division 42 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 48 0
1984–85 First Division 14 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 16 0
1985–86 Second Division 37 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 44 0
1986–87 Second Division 39 0 5 0 2 0 1 0 47 0
1987–88 Second Division 17 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 21 0
1988–89 Second Division 29 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 32 0
1989–90 Second Division 38 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 43 0
1990–91 Third Division 44 0 3 0 4 0 2 0 53 0
1991–92 Third Division 0 0 2 0 4 0 5 0 11 0
1992–93 Second Division 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 409 0 22 0 32 0 14 0 477 0
Exeter City 1993–94 Second Division 26 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 34 0
1994–95 Third Division 31 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 35 0
1995–96 Third Division 46 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 51 0
1996–97 Third Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Total 108 0 6 0 7 0 5 0 126 0
Career Total 592 0 31 0 38 0 19 0 680 0
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Full Members Cup and Football League Trophy.

As a manager[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Exeter City 4 August 1995 9 January 2000 235 69 70 96 29.36

Honours[edit]

Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. ISBN 1-874287554. 

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