Fox Freddie Image 1 Gillingham 1922


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Highworth, near Swindon, Wiltshire born goalkeeper Freddie Fox began his career with his hometown club Swindon Town, playing for the Robins once in the 1915-16 season during the First World War, during which he served with the Royal Navy Air Service. When hostilities ceased he played for the Town’s reserve side in the Southern League and had a brief spell with Abertillery in 1920 before joining First Division Preston North End in August 1921, making his Football League debut at Manchester United that October. He appeared in just three games for the Lillywhites before leaving Deepdale after one season to join Gillingham in July 1922.

He made his debut for the Kent club in October 1922 where he gave a solid performance at Brighton, quickly becoming their first choice glovesman. Whilst with the Gills he became an international proposition. He was an outstanding goalkeeper with a safe pair of hands and keen anticipation. In May 1925, he became the first Third Division goalkeeper to be capped for England in the match against France in Paris, a game England won 3-2.

In the month before the match was played, Fox, who had made 119 appearances for Gillingham and was yet to appear for his new club, had signed for Millwall for £650, but by the end of the year he had lost his place in The Lions’ goal to Joe Lansdale. After 28 appearances in two seasons at The Den, Fox went north to play for Halifax Town in June 1927 but after one season and 13 appearances, he left The Shay to return to London signing for Brentford in March 1928.

He had to wait until November 1928 for his debut but by April he had dislodged Harry Bailey, and he was an ever present for The Bees in 1929-30 as they finished runners up in the Third Division (South), narrowly missing out on promotion. He had a final season at Griffin Park but lost his place before the New Year, and after 78 appearances he joined Cornish Senior League side Truro City in 1931, where he played until his retirement.

He also represented Truro CC and Cornwall at cricket.


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