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LOAN MANAGER DAVID FOX ON HIS TIME AT PLYMOUTH

7 January 2021

Former Plymouth Argyle midfielder reflects on his time with the Pilgrims

- David Fox recalls 2017 FA Cup Third Round tie against Liverpool
- Former midfielder discusses his first goal for the Pilgrims
- Town’s Academy Loan Manager on what he thinks of Plymouth this season

Ahead of Huddersfield Town’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round Tie against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, former Pilgrims midfielder David Fox spoke to htafc.com about his time at the Club.

Fox, who is now Town’s Academy Loan Manager, reflected on the Pilgrims’ 2017 FA Cup Third Round tie against Liverpool.

“My stand-out game will always be Liverpool away in the FA Cup. It was incredible.

“They rested a few players, but still put a good team out. It was a great atmosphere and I think all the fans really enjoyed it as well.

“Having 9,000 fans behind a goal at Anfield cheering you on is one of my favourite memories. The game finished 0-0, so we got to bring them back to Plymouth for the Third Round Replay. We lost 1-0 in the end, but it was still great.”

The former midfielder scored his first goal for the Club in the FA Cup First Round against Mansfield Town that same season.

“I got the ball on the edge of the box and my first instinct is always to pass it, so I was in a little bit of shock that I was so close to goal, and I was looking for a pass.

“I suddenly realised that I wasn’t far from the goal, so I just bent it as well as I could and hit it really well and it went in.

“It’s probably one of my better goals in my career and I’ll always be delighted about it. It got us through to the next round and ultimately that led us on to the Liverpool tie. I’m really pleased with that goal; I remember it really well.”

Fox was also quick to comment on his 2016/17 promotion season with the Pilgrims.

“My fondest memory has to be when we got promoted at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

“We won 6-1 at home to Newport County and there was a big pitch invasion which was really great.

“The Club had been in League Two for quite a while as well, so it was great to get out of League Two. There was a lot of relief when the final whistle blew.

“The following week, at the final home game of the season, we did a lap of honour and I had my kids on the pitch and I’ve got some nice pictures from that.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s tie, Fox commented on what he’s seen of Plymouth so far this season.

“I’ve seen them a couple of times this season, I do a little bit of commentary if they play some games up here.

“They’re a big Club and there’s a big expectancy on them to do well. They’ve just come up from League Two, so it’s going to take time to settle and adapt to League One.

“They’ve just had a really tough run and a tough set of results. Speaking to Ryan Lowe and the players, they’re all still focused and want to turn things around.

“I think they’ll stabilise mid-table this season and look to kick on from there in the next campaign.

“When it comes to the FA Cup Third Round tie, I can see both sides doing well, but ultimately I’d like Huddersfield to go through.”


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