What followed haunts Wakefield to this day and overshadowed a distinguished career. The combination of nerves and atrocious conditions in what became known as the 'Watersplash Final' caused Fox to miskick.
'I would have retired there and then,' he said. 'But Mary, my wife, kept telling me it was only a game. We had just won the championship in any case.'
Fox coached briefly at Batley before quitting the game in 1974. He continued to work as a joiner at Sharlston Colliery, taking redundancy after the miners' strike.
'Finishing at 50 was a bit too young but I have a pleasant life now,' he says.
Don Fox's younger brother, Neil, set a world career points record of 6,220 between 1956 and 1979.
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