Robbie Earle: Fox was inspirational figure
MY thoughts are with the family of my former Port Vale team-mate Steve Fox who died, aged just 54, on Saturday after suffering from lung cancer.
I was just establishing myself in the Vale team during Steve's spell at the club from 1982 to 1984.
He was not only a great bloke he was also a damn good player.
We needed a winger after Mark Chamberlain was sold to Stoke in the summer of 1982, so Steve came in and was a regular in our 1982/83 promotion side from the old Fourth Division.
I was always a bit in awe of him and midfielder Geoff Hunter because of their quality and composure on the ball.
Steve was too good for the Fourth Division and I knew that, if I had played my way into trouble, I could give him the ball and he would get us out of it.
Off the field he was a real fun-loving lad. In that team we had Colin Tartt and John Ridley, who were both teachers. They were good blokes, but us younger professionals were worried we might get stuck in detention if we upset them!
Steve was easier for us to relate to and would always stick up for us.
He was a fine player, a great team-mate and a lovely guy.