On the third anniversary of his sad passing away, we take a look at winger Steve Fox, Port Vale’s wing star of the 1982-83 season.
Steve Fox Port Vale’s wing wizard
Purchased in October 1982 on a free transfer from Wrexham, Steve Fox proved to be an inspired signing by Port Vale manager John McGrath. Fox was signed to replace the departed Mark Chamberlain and Fox proved a different, albeit highly effective, alternative to Chamberlain’s stylish play. Fox was rapid and direct and he duly terrorised full-backs. His industry and assists on the flank helped strikers Bob Newton, Ernie Moss and latterly Jim Steel to plenty of goals as Vale stormed to promotion in 1983. At the end of the season, Fox was deservedly named in the 1983 PFA Division Four team of the season.
His impact in Division Three was less consistent and when John Rudge was appointed, he followed John McGrath in joining Chester City.
Sadly, Steve was diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2012 and he passed away on the 1st December 2012. He will be remembered by everyone who saw him flying down the wing for the Vale.
RIP Steve Fox 1958 to 2012. Forever Valiant.