Chester City player Steve Fox died earlier this month
at the age of 54 after suffering with cancer. The Tamworth-born
right-winger appeared 37 times for the club between
1984 and 1985 scoring five goals.
playing schoolboy football with Aston Villa Steve played
for Tamworth at the age of 15 before signing apprentice
terms with Birmingham City in 1974. He spent four years
at St Andrews, mainly as understudy to Trevor Francis,
and made his Football League debut for the Midlands
side against West Bromwich Albion in February 1977.
Steve went on to make 29 appearances
at Birmingham before a £95,000 move to Wrexham
where he spent four successful years. Financial problems
at Wrexham, following their relegation, saw him sign
for John McGrath at Port Vale on a free transfer in
1982. He helped the Valiants to promotion in his first
season and was voted into the PFA’s Division Four
team of the year. He was a regular at Vale in 1983/84
until falling out of favour following the sacking of
McGrath and he moved to Chester during summer 1984 to
link up with his former boss who by now had moved on
to Sealand Road.
Steve made his City debut in the first
game of the 1984/85 season, a 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe,
and scored his first goal in a 2-0 home victory over
Halifax in October. That win was the last for McGrath
and ten games without a win saw the manager sacked with
Mick Speight taking over as caretaker manager. One of
Speight’s first moves was to bring in Stuart Rimmer
on loan from Everton with the result that Steve lost
his place in the side. However he regained his place
in April, alongside Rimmer, as Chester won five of the
last seven games.
During the summer Speight was
replaced by Harry McNally but a clash of personalities
saw Steve leave Sealand Road in October after only featuring
in the first game of the season against Halifax. After
leaving Chester the right-winger moved into non-league
football with Tamworth, Rhyl and Llangollen.
Our condolences go out to his family and friends.