Appeal: Send your best wishes to Steve Fox

Appeal: Send your best wishes to Steve Fox

OVF is launching another appeal for Vale fans to send their best wishes to former winger Steve Fox, who is battling cancer.

Fox, who made 82 Vale appearances between 1982 and 1984, was told earlier this year that he may have only have six months left to live.

Now the Wrexham Leader newspaper is reporting that Fox’s condition is weakening, so OVF is calling on all Port Vale fans to send Steve a message and give him a boost during this difficult time.

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. ”



Please send Steve a message

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Steve Fox. Valiant Hero, 1982 to 1984. Our thoughts are with you


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Jim Doherty

I remember Foxy as a very classy and speedy winger at the Vale……Great memories. I am saddened to hear you are unwell Steve………All the very best to you and all of your Family……..Jim Doherty.

wayne hopkin

gutted to hear of your illness stevie you gave me some of my best ever vale memories take care pal all the best to you and your family

Dave Berry

A class act in the early 80’s was Steve!He would fit in with Vale wingplay today.Hang on in there Steve and stay positive,as I have come through the dreaded disease myself.

John Timmins

Sorry to hear about your illness, memorable, exciting winger. Really enjoyed watching you play.

peter johansen

sad to hear of your illness Steve. as a young lad growing up watching the vale you were one of my favourite players and to this day i can remember you flying down the wing . did you know that still today your name can be heard sung at vale games ? and this coming saturday against sheffield united it will definitely be heard .


good luck with your battle Steve , to me a vale lej .

Ted Mansfield

Very sad to hear that you are not well Steve.I have nothing but good memories of you and I wish you and your family all the best at this difficult time.


So sad to hear. Keep fighting Steve. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. xx

The Derby Valiant

You were a Vale legend, Best wishes with your battle against this horrible disease, keep fighting Stevie

Nick Shorthouse

All the best, Steve.
I enjoyed watching you play for Port Vale in the eighties and remember you doing well alongside Bob Newton, Jim Steel and the rest.
Fingers crossed for you.
Keep battling away as Big John and Rudgie had you doing!
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dave Felstead


It was brilliant watching you racing along the touchline beating the full back, and as soon as you did the crowd in the Railway Paddock would roar you on – great, great, memories Steve and a million thanks.

Gary Williams

All the best Steve seems only like yesterday when you were setting up goal for bob newton, happy days and great memories. Fight on mate

Howard Yorke

Thanks for some great memories Foxy.Best of luck with your battle.

Chris Bayley

Keep fighting Steve, i am absolutely gutted for you,battling prostate cancer myself,keep thinking positive , 82,83 promotion season was my favourite ever, you and the lqds were so entertaining and the railway paddock was buzzing thanks a million,im sure all Vale fans will be praying for you.

Daniel Fox

Evening Everyone,
I just wanted to Thank everyone for your kind words about my Dad. We have showed my dad all your kind comments and it definatley lifts his spirits. He has great memories of Vale . I will keep you all updated on my dads illness.

Kind Regards
Daniel (Son)

Tim Barber

I was absolutely gutted when i initially heard abiut your illness. You were a special player in a special Vale team, a team that gave all Vale fans hope after years of pain. I hope these messages give you some comfort and help you and your family at this difficult time. All the best Stevie, keep battling.

matthew ash

i never got to see you play but have heard nothing but great things from other fans.
you are a vale legend mate and always will be!

Tony Davies

Keep going Steve,we are all supporting you here at the Vale.You have given us so many great memories and you and your family will always be welcome at Vale Park.

Boslem Boy

I send my deepest respect and good wishes to you Steve. You were only a small part of our history but I hope that you can see and appreciate what a big part you played. I hope that you know that you are not forgotten and that every supporter from this proud club wishes you every success in your fight. I hope that our prayers and support will be of comfort to you & your family in the coming months.
Thinking of you mate xx

mick thorley

steve,so sad to hear of your illness i can remember as though it was yesterday looking at my watch 5-10 mins to go shouting get it wide to the fox,9 times out of 10 you would beat your man most times there would be 2 or 3 to beat and get the cross in to lay on a goal for your mate bob so come on steve you can beat, this thinking of you and your family all the best .

Paul Leese

Good luck Steve you won a few battles at Vale Park I hope and pray you win this one

steve taylor

so sorry to hear about your illness steve keep fighting mate the paddock is roaring you on ZULU!!!!!!
great memories of that era

Craig Mulcahy

Sad news to hear about your illness Stevie,got great Memories of you at vale park,i was only a nipper and i just started going the vale in 1982.Always remember the song about you and Bobby newton,will be doing an encore of it on satdee at Sheff utd.anyway my thoughts are with you and your family.Keep the faith!!

nige gardner

keep on fightimg Steve, top man!!