Wembley way for Trinity icons

Don Fox and his boot that missed the vital kick in the 1968 Rugby League Cup Final
Don Fox and his boot that missed the vital kick in the 1968 Rugby League Cup Final
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Two Trinity Wildcats legends are on the shortlist to have a statue at Wembley stadium.

Neil and Don Fox have both been nominated in a 13-man shortlist to decide, by public vote, who will represent rugby league’s long association with the stadium.

21st April 2010. 'Neil Fox MBE with his Honorary Freedom of the City at County Hall, Wakefield.

21st April 2010. 'Neil Fox MBE with his Honorary Freedom of the City at County Hall, Wakefield.

Neil Fox is rugby league’s record points scorer, scoring 6,220 points during his career, most prominently at Wakefield.

The late Don Fox was the record try scorer at Featherstone Rovers before joining Wakefield. He famously missed the final kick of the 1968 Challenge Cup final, nicknamed “Watersplash”, losing to Leeds 11-10 but winning the Lance Todd Trophy for man of the match.

Neil Fox said: “I am very pleased to be nominated, there are that many great players in rugby league who could have been nominated and I am over the moon to have been put forward. Wembley gives me many great memories and Don deserves his nomination as he was a great player for Wakefield.”

Ken Rollin, who played with both Neil and Don, said: “Neil was the best player that Wakefield has ever had. His record points total will never be beaten.

“Don was a very natural player. I played against him when he was at Featherstone and he was always better than me.”

James Elston, Wildcats’ chief executive, said: “It is an honour and gives us a real good example of how successful we were in past times. Rugby league and Wembley goes hand in hand and having the statue shows rugby league is the only other sport to be considered on a similar level to football.”

David Hinchliffe, former Wakefield MP, is writing a book on the 1968 final.

He said: “I think it is a great honour for Wakefield that both Don and Neil Fox are on the shortlist.

“As a kid growing up in Wakefield, Neil was my boyhood hero and I had the great privilege of witnessing his enormous contribution to Trinity’s successes. I saw Don play for both Featherstone and Trinity and without doubt he was one of the finest players of his generation.”

The other nominees are Eric Ashton, Billy Boston, Jonathan Davies, Shaun Edwards, Ellery Hanley, Willie Horne, Alex Murphy, Martin Offiah, Gus Risman, Clive Sullivan and Lance Todd.Voting and more information can be found on www.therfl.co.uk/surveys/wembleystatue.