Peter Fox (rugby league, born 1933)

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Peter Fox
Personal information
Born(1933-03-30)30 March 1933
Sharlston, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died25 February 2019(2019-02-25) (aged 85) [1]
Playing information
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1953–57 Featherstone Rovers 34115033
1957–63 Batley 14812700176
1962–63 Hull Kingston Rovers 2831011
1963–64 Hunslet 20000
1964–66 Batley 32133069
1966–67 Wakefield Trinity 10000
Total245171190289
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
197174 Featherstone 1117043763
197476 Wakefield Trinity 602952648
197677 Bramley 26190773
197785 Bradford Northern 23914798362
198586 Leeds 432131949
198791 Featherstone
199195 Bradford Northern
Total4792862117260
Representative
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
1977 England 20020
1978 Great Britain 310233
198591 Yorkshire 8800100
Source: [2]

[3]

Peter Fox (30 March 1933 – 25 February 2019) was an English rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s and 1960s, and coached in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He was the brother of Don and Neil Fox, and together they formed one of the legendary rugby league families.

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Career

He had a 13-year playing career with; Sharlston Rovers, Featherstone Rovers (Heritage № 349), [4] Batley, Hull Kingston Rovers (Heritage №), Hunslet and Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 723), he became one of British rugby league's most successful coaches.

Peter Fox was the coach in Featherstone Rovers' 33-14 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1973 Challenge Cup Final during the 1972–73 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 12 May 1973, in front of a crowd of 72,395, and was the coach in the 9-24 defeat by Warrington in the 1974 Challenge Cup Final during the 1973–74 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1974, in front of a crowd of 77,400.

Bramley won promotion to Division One, under Peter Fox in the 1976-77 season.

He coached Great Britain and England, which included beating the Australians in 1978.

He coached Bradford Northern in two spells one in 1977 where he had a very successful spell winning the championship in 1979-80 and 1980-81.

He returned to Bradford Northern for a second spell in 1991, and in the 1993-94 season Bradford Northern finish as runners-up in the Championship behind Wigan on points difference. He left the club in 1995.

Fox also coached Yorkshire in the Rodstock War of the Roses series, winning all six games played against Lancashire between 1985 and 1991. [5] [6]

Fox appears to have scored no drop-goals (or field-goals as they are currently known in Australasia), but prior to the 1974–75 season all goals, whether; conversions, penalties, or drop-goals, scored 2-points, consequently prior to this date drop-goals were often not explicitly documented, therefore '0' drop-goals may indicate drop-goals not recorded, rather than no drop-goals scored.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
David Watkins
1977
Coach
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Great Britain

1978
Succeeded by
Eric Ashton
1977
Preceded by
Alex Murphy
&
Bill Oxley
1975
Coach
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England

1977
Succeeded by
Frank Myler
1978
Preceded by
David Hobbs
1990-1993
Coach
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Bradford Northern

1993-1995
Succeeded by
Brian Smith
1995-1996
Preceded by
Paul Daley
1986-1987
Coach
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Featherstone Rovers

1987-1991
Succeeded by
Allan Agar
1991-1992
Preceded by
Malcolm Clift
1985
Coach
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Leeds RLFC

1985-1986
Succeeded by
Mal Reilly
1988-1989
Preceded by
Roy Francis
1975-1977
Coach
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Bradford Northern

1977-1985
Succeeded by
Barry Seabourne
1985-1989
Preceded by
Arthur Keegan
1973-1976
Coach
Bramley RLFC

1976-1977
Succeeded by
Dave Stockwell
1978-1979
Preceded by
Neil Fox
1970-1974
Coach
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Wakefield Trinity

1974-1976
Succeeded by
Geoff Gunney
1976
Preceded by
Laurie Gant
1966-1970
Coach
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Featherstone Rovers

1971-1974
Succeeded by
Tommy Smales
1974


Honoured at Featherstone Rovers

Peter Fox is a Featherstone Rovers Hall of Fame inductee. [7]

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References

  1. "Towering rugby league coach Peter Fox, dies". Wakefield Express. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter (2008). Peter Fox: the players' coach. London League. ISBN   9781903659397. OCLC   230213110.
  3. RL Record Keepers' Club
  4. Bailey, Ron (1956). The Official History Of Featherstone Rovers R.L.F.C.. Wakefield Express. ASIN: B00O1TLDPC
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  6. Fitzpatrick, Paul (19 September 1991). "Ashton on the trail". The Guardian. London. p. 17. ProQuest   187277308.
  7. "Featherstone Rovers legends added to Hall of Fame". pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.