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Peter Foxley

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On the trace of former Town player, this morning I spoke with his wife Shirley, who informed me that Peter had died in 2014. Still, she was more than happy to talk about his career. During his time at The Shay, Peter Foxley made only one senior appearance, otherwise playing for the reserve team. Here's his profile. I wonder if anyone else remembers his fleeting Town career?

FOXLEY, Peter

Inside Forward.

Born: Middlesbrough, 28 January 1939.

Died: Middlesbrough, 8 July 2014.

Halifax Town debut: v Nottingham Forest (a), League Cup, 6 October 1960. Lost 0-2.

Career: Stockton 1957; Horden CW October 1958; Durham December 1958; Halifax Town 4 July 1960; Weymouth July 1963; Crawley Town March 1964.

Crew-cutted centre-forward Peter Foxley helped make Halifax Town history when he appeared in the first side to compete in the newly created League Cup competition in October 1960. Middlesbrough-born, he had started out with North Eastern League side Stockton where he earned a reputation as a bustling centre-forward. Foxley was scorer of his side’s first goal in the sensational 4-1 victory over the hitherto all-conquering Bishop Auckland side in the FA Amateur Cup, inflicting on them their first defeat for five years in the competition on 15 February 1958. The following season, Foxley was an integral part of the side when it switched to the stronger Midland League but in October 1958 he joined Horden Colliery Welfare, immediately making his debut against the club he’d just left. Two months later he signed amateur forms with Durham but remained a Horden player. Foxley arrived at The Shay in July 1960, with manager Harry Hooper believing he had found a great prospect. Foxley was one of a number of changes made by Hooper for their League Cup tie with Nottingham Forest from the team beaten 4-1 at Bury two days earlier, and though Foxley gave a good account of himself as Town lost 2-0 at the City Ground he would fail to make the first team again. Later that season he began his National Service, spending much of his time playing football in Germany. He returned to The Shay in December 1962 as something of a celebrity, having just won a winter sports holiday when he and his wife Shirley ‘Beat The Cock’ on ITV’S ‘Sunday Night at the London Palladium’ on 9 December 1962. Foxley remained on the club’s books until leaving for Southern League Weymouth in July 1963. There, he made seven league appearances and scored five goals but before the 1963-64 season was out he was playing for Crawley Town. But a back injury sustained whilst employed at the Admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment in Portland Hill forced his early retirement from the game and he returned to reside in the north east.

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