Wrexham’s Leader newspaper reports that former Vale winger Steve Fox (pictured right) is facing a life-threatening battle against cancer.
Fox, who made 82 Vale appearances between 1982 and 1984 has been told by doctors that if left untreated he would only have six months left to live.
Fox, now aged 54 and now living in Tamworth with his wife and two sons is now embarking on major treatment which may prolong his life for a number of years.
Fox told the newspaper: “I think this cancer may have been caused by stress.
“The doctors said I had six months to live if it went untreated.
“The medication I am starting now may give me a few years. We will have to see. I’m 54 and I have had a life.”
His son Daniel added: “We are totally shocked. Up until just two months ago he was as fit as a fiddle, running a landscaping business and cycling regularly.
“My dad is about to start taking a new drug which we hope will be able to slow the cancer down.”
Fox was signed on a free transfer from Wrexham in 1982 and proved to be a key player in the 1982-1983 promotion side. His tricky wingplay set up numerous chances for striker Bob Newton and when on song, Fox was practically unplayable. He fell out of favour in the following season and left to Chester City.
Rob Fielding, editor of OVF commented: “The 1982-1983 season was the first full Port Vale season that I watched and Steve Fox was one of my original Vale heroes.
“When Fox got the ball, an audible sound of excitement could be heard from the crowd. He was that sort of player – the winger who could win a match with a moment of genius. A real crowd pleaser.
“I am deeply saddened to hear of his battle against cancer and I hope to pass on all the good luck messages that we receive.
Steve and his family are in our thoughts right now. All of us at OVF would like to pass on our best wishes and we hope that the new treatment proves a success. ”
Steve Fox. Valiant Hero, 1982 to 1984. Our thoughts are with you
Stop Press: Thanks to Red Passion (a Wrexham fansite) and Wrexham FC, OVF now have contact details for the Fox family, Please post your best wishes to Steve Fox below and we’ll ensure that they are forwarded to Steve and his family: