We are saddened to hear the news that former Poolie, Alan Fox passed away in the early hours of this morning.
Born in Wales, Fox was a cultured centre half who attracted the interest of Arsenal, but showed commendable loyalty to Wrexham, for whom he stands in eleventh place in the list of all-time appearances.
Following his spell with Wrexham, Fox made 64 appearances for Pools in between the seasons 1965/65 under the management of Geoff Twentyman and Brian Clough.
Fox was already a Welsh youth international and went on to win Under-23 caps, before getting to the fringe of the full squad. Indeed, he was named in the preliminary squad for the 1958 World Cup Finals which saw Wales get to the quarter finals.
After his retirement, Alan and his family stayed in the town and settled ever since.
Alan's son, Andrew spoke about his Dad's passion for Pools:
'Pools and Wrexham were always the results he looked for every weekend. Whenever the two sides played eachother, he was always a guest and just wanted to see both teams do well. He always told the story of Brian Cloughs first day at Pools, he spoke to him and said, you'll be going to Bradford and playing your Football there. He loved being a part of this town and community and I am glad he can be remembered for the great Footballer he was.'
Everyone at Hartlepool United sends their thoughts and love to the Friends and Family of Alan Fox.