Don is nominated for Wembley statue

Don Fox and his boot that missed the vital kick in the 1968 Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
Don Fox and his boot that missed the vital kick in the 1968 Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

FORMER Featherstone Rovers legend Don Fox is one of 10 players short-listed for a proposed Wembley statue.

The monument would stand beside that of Bobby Moore at Wembley Stadium to mark 82 years of rugby league being played there. The stadium hosted the Challenge Cup final for the first time in 1929.

Fox, who died in 2008, holds the Featherstone Rovers record for most tries in a career with 162.

He also kicked 503 goals for Rovers, giving him a total of 1,492 points in 369 appearances for the club.

After 13 years at Featherstone, he joined Wakefield Trinity in 1965. He won the Lance Todd Trophy in Wakefield’s 1968 Wembley appearance against Leeds but famously missed a last minute conversion that would have won them the Challenge Cup.

The other players nominated for the statue are Don’s younger brother Neil Fox, Billy Boston, Jonathan Davies, Shaun Edwards, Ellery Hanley, Alex Murphy, Martin Offiah, Clive Sullivan and Lance Todd.

RLF Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “I’m sure everyone who has ever attended a Rugby League match at Wembley, including the thousands at the stadium for the double header, will have their own opinion on who should represent the sport at this evocative venue.

“We want to hear the views of as many people as possible because it is important the whole Rugby League family, from fans and players to coaches and administrators, are consulted over this special venture.”

To vote for any of the 10 nominated players - or to submit a new nomination - fans can visit the RFL’s webpage at www.therfl.co.uk and vote via an on-line poll. Votes can also be placed via any of the RFL’s official Facebook channels