Fox brothers nominated for Wembley statue honour

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WAKEFIELD Trinity legends Don and Neil Fox have been shortlisted by the RFL (Rugby Football League) as candidates for the first ever rugby league statue at Wembley Stadium.

The proposed statue will celebrate Rugby League’s long and colourful association with the national stadium and a host of players have been shortlisted for the honour.

Among them, Trinity brothers Don and Neil have been named in the ten-strong list compiled by the RFL for supporters to vote on who they want to represent the game in the form of the Wembley statue.

Fans across the UK and overseas can also nominate their own rugby league star for the honour, with the list by no means definitive.

“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,” said RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood.

“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.”

Don, one of three Fox brothers to represent Wakefield as player or coach, alongside Neil and Peter, won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match in the Challenge Cup final against Leeds at Wembley in 1968 although he’ll also be remembered for missing the crucial kick that would have won the game for Wakefield.

Neil scored a phenomenal 6,220 points in his glittering career, mostly for Trinity, and scored two tries and kicked seven goals to help Wakefield to Challenge Cup glory against Hull at Wembley in 1960.

To vote for either of the Fox brothers, or any other rugby league legend, visit http://www.therfl.co.uk/surveys/wembleystatue.

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