David Fox

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David Fox

Crewe Alexandra




David Fox started his career in Exeter City's youth system before catching the eye of Manchester United, who he joined as a scholar in July 2000. Such was David's early impression at Old Trafford, he signed his first professional contract on his 17th birthday.

In his first season with Manchester United, David was a regular in the under-17s, playing in 26 out of a possible 27 matches in the FA Premier Academy League and scoring seven goals. In 2001–02, he made the permanent step up to the under-19s, appearing in 25 of a possible 28 league matches and scoring three goals, as well as appearing in all four FA Youth Cup matches. He got his first taste of reserve team football early in the season, appearing in three friendlies before making his first competitive appearance as a substitute for Phil Neville in a 1–0 league win at home to Aston Villa on 25 October 2001. After a further five substitute appearances for the reserves, he made his first start in the 2–1 defeat away to Oldham Athletic in the Manchester Senior Cup on 11 March 2002, before following it up with another start in a 2–0 away win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Premier Reserve League, in which Manchester United finished as champions.

David began the 2002–03 season in United's under-19s, but began playing more for the reserves towards the end of the season, ultimately playing 20 times for the under-19s and 18 times for the reserves, including three more appearances in the Manchester Senior Cup. On 14 April 2003, Fox was one of only two scorers in a penalty shoot-out against Bury in the Manchester Senior Cup, which Manchester United won 2–0 after a 2–2 draw in normal time. The following season, he was farmed out on loan for six months to Manchester United's Belgian feeder club, Royal Antwerp, where he made 11 appearances, all in friendlies. He returned to Manchester United in January 2004, and made nine more appearances for the reserve team before the end of the season, including the final of the Manchester Senior Cup, in which Manchester United beat Manchester City 3–2 to win the cup.

In pre-season ahead of the 2004–05 campaign, David was named in the Manchester United first team for a friendly against Burnley for Stan Ternent's testimonial; with Manchester United 3–1 up in the 68th minute, David was brought on in place of defender Jonathan Spector to make his first-team debut. After seven matches of the reserves' season, on 7 October 2004, Fox was signed on a one-month loan by League Two side Shrewsbury Town. He made his professional debut the next day in a 1–0 defeat at home to Rushden & Diamonds and scored his first goal in his second game, a 4–1 defeat at Leyton Orient a week later. He made two more appearances for Shrewsbury before returning to Manchester United in November 2004. On his return, Fox was made captain of the reserves, and led the team to victory in the Premier Reserve League, The Central League First Division West, and the Central League Cup, as well as the final of the Manchester Senior Cup, in which they lost 3–2 to Manchester City.

David continued in the Manchester United reserve team at the start of the 2005–06 season, but in search of regular first team football he joined League One side Blackpool on a free transfer in January 2006. He scored his first goal for the Seasiders on 4 February 2006, in a 2–2 draw against Nottingham Forest at Bloomfield Road.

David would go on to make 94 League appearances for Blackpool, scoring 6 goals, before joining Colchester United in July 2009 - then managed by Paul Lambert, who was a keen admirer of David's passing ability. David's debut for Colchester will forever go down in East Anglian folklore history - away at League One giants Norwich City, David masterminded from midfield a 7-1 victory in which he scored direct from a free-kick. David made 18 league appearances for Colchester that season, but within days of his debut Paul Lambert had himself moved on to manage Norwich City - and as soon as he was able, Lambert came calling for David.

Joining Norwich City in June 2010 - by then promoted to the Championship - on an initial two year contract, David would begin the most successful era of his career. Initially used as a substitute, David soon became a regular selection in midfield. He scored his first goal for Norwich in the 1–1 draw at Millwall. In the 2011–12 season, David came third in the voting Norwich's player of the season award for consistently good performances throughout the club's return to the Premier League. David's career was affected for the second time by Paul Lambert's departure, as his manager moved on to Aston Villa - and the new Norwich manager Chris Hughton rarely selected David during the 2012/2013 Premier League season. Despite this, in September 2012 David had signed an extension to his contract - extending it until summer 2014 - and keen to force his way in to Hughton's side.

On 27 September 2013, David joined Championship side Barnsley on a 93-day emergency loan. David played against Leicester City the following day, starting seven consecutive games until he contracted mumps which brought his loan spell to a premature end.

After leaving Norwich City in the summer of 2014, David returned to former club Colchester United - now under the management of Tony Humes - signing a 3 month contract in October 2014. At the time of his arrival Colchester were in a relegation battle, but two home wins and two away draws in his first four appearances quickly demonstrated the impact David could bring to the side.

After 15 consecutive starts for Colchester, David extended his contract on the 8th January 2015 to run until the end of the season and by the end of the month David had strung together 19 consecutive starts for the U's.

David's first goal of the 2014/15 season came on the 14th March - an excellent free-kick against Crawley. In Colchester's next game, against Yeovil, David scored his second goal of the season. A key part of Colchester's battle to retain League One status, David put in a very commanding performance in a vital win away to Fleetwood on 25th April and followed that up with captain's performances in the two following home games as Colchester remarkably avoided relegation on the final day of the season. David had made 30 League appearances in all, an impressive achievement given he had only joined in October.

On the 14th July 2015, after turning down a new deal at Colchester in order to be based closer to his north-west family, David signed for fellow League One club Crewe Alexandra. David marked his Crewe debut on 8th August as captain, in a 0-0 draw against fierce rivals Port Vale. In David's 11th League appearance for Crewe, he scored his first goal for the club, at home to Chesterfield and by the end of the season he had started 39 League games and scored his second goal against Sheffield United on 25th March.

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