Reg Fox

Reginald Allan Fox (16 October 1929 – 19 April 2010) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League as a full back for Brighton & Hove Albion.[2]

Reg Fox
Personal information
Full name Reginald Allan Fox[1]
Date of birth (1929-10-16)16 October 1929[2]
Place of birth Tufnell Park, England
Date of death 19 April 2010(2010-04-19) (aged 80)[2]
Place of death Brighton,[2] England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Full back
Youth career
Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
194?–1949 Tufnell Park
1949–1952 Fulham 0 (0)
1952–1956 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 (0)
1956 Mansfield Town 0 (0)
1956–195? Hastings United
Folkestone Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Life and career

Fox was born in Tufnell Park, London, in 1929.[2] He was on Tottenham Hotspur's books as a youngster and played amateur football for Isthmian League club Tufnell Park. During his National Service with the Royal Signals, he played for the Army team, and then turned professional with Fulham in 1949.[1] He remained with the club for three years without appearing for their Football League team,[2] then joined Brighton & Hove Albion of the Third Division South on 1 October 1952 as replacement for Jack Mansell who was leaving for First Division football with Cardiff City. He went straight into the team for the next day's visit to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic and performed well, albeit in a losing cause.[3]

Competition at full back was such that he and Maurice McLafferty shared the left-back position for 1952–53, and in the following three seasons Fox made just ten appearances in league and FA Cup combined.[1] He rejected Brighton's offer of terms for 1956–57, and joined Mansfield Town on a month's trial in August 1956;[4] his performances for the club's junior teams earned him the offer of a contract, but Brighton wanted a higher fee than Mansfield were prepared to pay. Soon afterwards, Fox moved on to Hastings United of the Southern League on a free transfer. He later played for Folkestone Town and Lewes.[1]

Fox settled in Brighton,[1] where he died in 2010 at the age of 80.[2]


  1. Carder, Tim; Harris, Roger (1997). Albion A–Z: A Who's Who of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Hove: Goldstone Books. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-9521337-1-1.
  2. "Reg Fox". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  3. "Brighton lose, but new boy shines". Daily Herald. London. 2 October 1952. p. 8. Reg Fox, transferred to Brighton from Fulham yesterday, was prominent in defence and showed himself a worthy successor to Jack Mansell, who is expected to sign for Cardiff today.
  4. "Trial for Fox". Daily Mirror. London. 18 August 1956. p. 13. Reg Fox, Brighton full back who refused terms for the new season, is to have a month's trial with Mansfield Town.
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