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10 FACTS: NEW WIGAN ATHLETIC SIGNING DANNY FOX

29 January 2019

Learn more about our new recruit, former Everton, Walsall, Coventry City, Celtic, Burnley, Southampton and Nottingham Forest defender Danny Fox.

  • Getting to know... Danny Fox
  • From Everton to Wigan Athletic and everywhere in between
  • 10 facts about our latest signing from Nottingham Forest

1. Hailing from Cheshire, Fox played youth football for Everton before securing professional terms with the Toffees in 2004. Fox played in Everton’s youth team with Latics’ first team coach Anthony Barry and later played reserve football with James Vaughan.

2. After a brief loan spell with Gateshead, Fox played for Scottish side Stranraer on loan, helping The Blues to win promotion to the Scottish First Division.

3. Fox followed Everton teammate Anthony Gerrard to Walsall after they both left Goodison Park in 2005. During his time at the Banks’s Stadium, Fox played 118 games in all competitions and helped the Saddlers to win promotion to League One.

4. In the 2008 January Transfer Window, Fox’s impressive Walsall performances saw him attract the interest of a number of Championship clubs, including Coventry City. He signed for the Sky Blues, along with Saddlers teammate Scott Dann, in that window.

5. Fox spent 18 months with Coventry and proved to be hugely impressive. He won a number of awards and also won England U21 honours before being named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.

6. That form didn’t go unnoticed and Celtic paid £1.5million for his services in 2009, with his debut for his new club coming in the UEFA Champions League against Dinamo Moscow, alongside former Latics Shaun Maloney, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Gary Caldwell.

7. Fox qualified to play international football for Scotland through his grandfather and was handed his senior international debut whilst with Celtic, in a 3-0 defeat against Wales. He has since made a further three caps for his country.

8. After six months in Scotland, Fox returned south to England to sign for Premier League Burnley. He would go on to play 56 times for the Clarets over an 18-month spell before Southampton acquired his services in August 2011.

9. Fox helped Southampton to win promotion to the Premier League and spent nearly three years with the Saints, playing 69 times he joined Nottingham Forest, initially on loan, in January 2014.

10. The now 32-year-old made 127 appearances for the City Ground club over a five-year period, prior to his move to Latics. During his time with Forest, in December 2014, Fox dyed his beard yellow in as effort to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation following his friend's death, who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis. Because of this, Fox was appointed as the ambassadorial role for the Cystic Fibrosis charity.

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