Monday 20 November 2017

Where are they now? Pat Fox (Former Tipperary hurler)

Pat Fox represented Tipperary for 16 years between 1980 and 1996. Though initially he played during a barren period for the county, towards the end of the '80s into the early '90s he enjoyed great success with Tipperary, winning five Munster titles, two All-Irelands, three All-Stars and the coveted Texaco hurler of the year award.

When looking back on his career, Fox can derive great satisfaction from many of his achievements but he personally considers the '91 season, when Tipperary regained the Munster title from Cork and won the All-Ireland by defeating Kilkenny in the final, his personal best. To top off a remarkable campaign, Fox was presented with the Texaco award. "It was a great year, to beat Kilkenny was magnificent. It was the pinnacle of my career."

He may have suffered his share of disappointments during his time with the county but one in particular bothers him the most. "Losing twice to Westmeath in the league," he says. "We wouldn't be expected to lose to Westmeath at the time."

He believes Tipperary should have too much for Dublin today, though he doesn't feel the result is a foregone conclusion. "Dublin are a good side -- you have to be to reach an All-Ireland semi-final -- and they're going to put it up to us and put in a good account of themselves."

Fox thinks Tipperary can go all the way again this year but is still wary of the formidable threat posed by Kilkenny.

"I'm hoping Tipperary. They have a great chance, they look very good this year. Kilkenny are still very strong opponents. Whoever wins on Sunday will be up against it in the final."

When pressed on whether Kilkenny have something to prove following their loss to Tipperary in last year's final, Fox says: "I don't think they have anything to prove, they have been doing it for years and everybody knows they're a good side."

Fox owns and runs a pub in Cashel and is no longer involved in hurling in terms of playing or coaching, though he still attends every Tipperary match. He is also a keen golfer. "I play off 13 but I had a shocker yesterday."

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