Fox, Peter

Birth Date

5th July 1957


Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire



Biographical Text

Having started with Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Peter Fox joined Exeter City in 1993 after making over 400 league appearances for Stoke City. Arriving as a replacement for Kevin Miller, Peter eventually became player-manager (and then manager) during a seven-season association with the Grecians.

Peter began his career with Sheffield Wednesday and became the club’s youngest-ever first-team player when, aged 15 years 8 months 26 days, he appeared against Leyton Orient on 31 March 1973. Remaining at Hillsborough until March 1978 and having briefly appeared for Barnsley and Team Hawaii on loan, Peter left to join Stoke City for £15,000 after making 49 league appearances for the Owls. Staying for fifteen years, and making 409 league appearances, Peter won promotion, the Football League Trophy and several player of the year awards during his time in the Potteries. 

Peter eventually left Stoke in July 1993 to join his old manager Alan Ball at Exeter City and, arriving
at St James’ Park as a 36-year-old replacement for the recently-departed Kevin Miller, went straight into the side for the opening fixture against Brentford on 14 August 1993. Taking on additional responsibilities in a coaching capacity, he retained his place in the team during the remainder of Alan Ball’s time with the club and throughout Terry Cooper’s relatively brief return.      

With Cooper leaving and City having finished at the foot of the Football League in 1994/95, Peter became player-manager in August 1995 and took the club to an improved 14th place during his first season in charge. Now thirty-nine, and effectively retired from playing after making 108 league appearances for the club, Peter guided the invariably cash-strapped Grecians to 22nd, 15th and 12th in the seasons running up to the end of 1998/99. Ultimately, with City heading towards a bottom-four finish in 1999/2000, Peter left St James’ Park in January 2000 having been replaced by his assistant and former Stoke team mate Noel Blake. 

Peter was to work as a coach and scout for many years, notably as goalkeeping coach at Blackpool (2004-2010) and Preston North End (2010-2019). His son David, who appeared for Exeter City's youth and reserve teams, represented England up to under-20 level before playing for a number of clubs including Blackpool, Colchester United, Norwich City and Plymouth Argyle.



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