Wildcats’ legend Neil Fox MBE was inducted as a Freeman of the City of Wakefield at County Hall yesterday (Wednesday).
The world record points scorer was honoured by the City for his service to the sport and Wakefield Trinity.
Neil was honoured with a lunch at the Town Hall before the induction ceremony at County Hall.
Besides holding the world record for the number of points scored in a career, 6220, Neil is also joint holder for the number of points scored in a Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, 20, scored in 1960.
During his career Neil played more than 570 games for Trinity scoring 4,448 goals and 272 tries during two spells with Wakefield. He also played for Bradford Northern (now Bulls) twice, Hull KR, York, Bramley, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England and Great Britain.
Tribute speeches to Neil were delivered by former Wakefield MP David Hinchliffe and League Express Editor Martyn Sadler who lives in Wakefield.
Neil said: “I’m particularly proud to be honoured by the city in which I have lived for so long. I believe that I’m the first sportsman to receive this honour which makes it even more special for me and my family.”
Neil was supported at the ceremony by his wife Molly and members of their family while the club was represented at the ceremony by Chairman Ted Richardson.
Neil has written an open letter to all Wildcat fans and we publish it below:-
‘On behalf of my family and myself I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all the people of Wakefield who have been so generous in their support to bestow upon me the honour and privilege of the Freedom of the City of Wakefield.
The support from not only Wakefield Wildcats club and directors, the two supporters clubs, members of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council and the individual supporters past and present has left our family completely overwhelmed by this generosity.
I was lucky to have loved playing the game of Rugby League, through I met so many people and fans of the great game; all of whom have regarded as friends over the years.
It is an impossibility to thank each person individually, but my family and I are deeply moved by this fantastic tribute from this great city.
Yours most sincerely,