Written by Michael Carter, Hull KR Shirts.
Welcome to Getting Shirty With Peter Fox. I had the opportunity to ask former Hull KR player Peter Fox some questions about the shirts which he has worn in his Rugby League career.
NAME – Peter Fox
CLUBS – York City Knights, Wakefield Trinity, Hull Kingston Rovers, Halifax, Doncaster and Newcastle Thunder.
POSITION – Wing
STATS FOR HULL KR – (2008-2011)
HERITAGE NUMBER – #1100
APPEARANCES – 105
TRIES – 56
(A special thank you to Bryan & Jonathon for providing the stats)
Pete started in Rugby League at his local junior club York Acorn, before joining the Leeds Rhinos Academy. Fox didn’t break into the first-team during his time at Leeds, however, he did find first-team Rugby after joining his home town club York City Knights on loan for the campaigns of 2005 and 2006.
In 2006 Fox was a member of the National League One Dream Team – this wouldn’t be the only time Pete gained this type of accolade in his career. His efforts for York gained the attention of Super League outfit Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, and Fox was heading to Belle Vue.
Pete made his Wakefield and Super League debut at Craven Park against Hull Kingston Rovers, in what was also Rovers Super League debut. Rovers won the game 14-9 in the dying moments after soon-to-be teammate Ben Cockayne scored a 4 pointer to erupt Craven Park. In late 2007 it was announced that Peter Fox had signed for Hull KR ahead of the 2008 Super League season.
Fox was one of many incoming players at Craven Park in 2008, in what was seen as a changing of the guard, as the club looked to cement their Super League status. Pete made his Hull KR debut against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley in a 20-12 defeat.
2008 saw Fox gain full international honours after he made his England debut against the French, partway through the 2008 season. Pete scored a try against France and was later invited to join the training squad for the 2008 World Cup. Pete didn’t make it into the 2008 World Cup squad but that wouldn’t be the end of his International career.
In 2009 Fox had, in my opinion, his greatest year in Professional Rugby League. He was apart of the team that guided Hull Kingston Rovers to a fourth-place finish in the Super League – a record high that still stands in East Hull. He also made the 2009 Super League Dream Team alongside teammates Michael Dobson, Clint Newton and Ben Galea. Pete was Rovers top scorer with an impressive 18 tries.
The year was capped off by representing England once again, this time in the build-up to and including the 2009 Four Nations. A brace of tries from Fox against New Zealand helped England reach the Four Nations Final against Australia. His efforts in the Semi-Final were rewarded with another start in the Final. Unfortunately, Australia had too much for England and they saw them off by 46 points to 16 to lift the trophy. Fox did cross the whitewash for another 4 pointer for his country in what was the biggest game of his career. Fox didn’t come away empty-handed though as you’ll see in a short while.
Back to club Rugby and Fox had another successful season for Hull KR in 2010. The club would finish 7th and face City Rivals, Hull FC in the play-offs. Fox would add to his try tally for the season with a try against Hull FC in a 21-4 victory for the Robins. The first (and only) playoff victory to Hull KR’s name.
2011 would be Pete’s final season in red & white. Another 7th place finish would mean another play-off venture for Rovers. His final appearance for Rovers was against Bradford Bulls at Odsal on 14th August 2011. Fox scored a beautiful try that was crafted in Rovers half in a lovely team move.
In 2012 Pete returned to Wakefield where he played his Rugby until mid-2014. A move to Doncaster in 2015 saw Pete return to the second tier for the first time since 2006 and he then finished his professional career with Newcastle Thunder after two seasons in the North East.
Getting Shirty With Peter Fox
MC – Pete, what is your favourite Hull KR shirt you’ve played in?
PF – I loved playing in the 2009 home shirt, it had a really nice fit to it. We had a great season wearing it, finishing fourth. I also received the personal honour of being included in the Super League Dream Team, along side Ben Galea, Clint Newton and Michael Dobson which added to the meaning.
MC – What is your favourite shirt you’ve played in, excluding Hull KR?
PF – I would have to say the 2009 shirt I wore during the Four Nations. It was a real honour and privilege to represent my country in 2008 and 2009.
MC – What is your preferred squad number and why and does this reflect your favourite playing position?
PF – I’ve always preferred to play in number #5 but as a Winger number #2 was fine. I was always an out and out winger so having one of those two was important to me. I only ever wore number #2 in my four seasons with Hull KR.
MC – Is there a shirt you’ve played in and thought, this is awful?
PF – Yeah, both of the 2008 shirts were not nice to wear during a game. They were very heavy on your body when you had them on, especially if playing while it was raining. They held onto the moisture and it wasn’t comfortable to wear.
MC – Do you have any superstitions with regards to club kit and getting ready for a game?
PF – No, nothing. I was grateful to play in every game that I played in.
MC – Do you have a favourite shirt which you’ve acquired in your career?
PF – Yeah I do. When playing with England in 2009, I was able to swap shirts with Brett Morris after the Four Nations Final at Elland Road. I’ve had the shirt framed and it’s the best shirt I’ve collected during my career.
MC – What is your favourite rugby shirt of all time?
PF – I’m going to say the 2009 England Shirt. To wear it in the Four Nations Final was such a special occasion.
MC – What is your proudest moment in a Hull KR shirt?
PF – My favourite game during my time at Rovers was the 21-4 victory over Hull FC in the 2010 Play-Offs. To knock them out in their own backyard was excellent!
That’s everything from Peter Fox in this Q&A with Hull KR Shirts. I’d just like to once again thank Pete for taking the time do the Q&A and wish him all the best for the future.
Here is Pete’s 2010 home shirt. It will have been worn for multiple games during 2010 as it shows significant signs of game wear.
I have been able to photo match this to the game against Warrington at Craven Park on the 11th April 2010. Rovers won the game 36-16 and Pete scored two tries.
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