Not long remains of the advent calendar now, and there's only a couple of "old school" players left in the mix, one of which is today's instalment, Danny Fox. Believe it or not, when SISU took over all the way back in 2007, the leader and our chairman at that stage, Ray Ranson had some good philosophies for taking the club forward. One of which was buying youth stars and blooding them through the club. This short spell of good planning was how we acquired a 21-year old Fox from Walsall alongside his defensive partner Scott Dann.
He was one of the pivotal players who dragged us to survival in the 2007/08 season, and was quickly given the set piece role due to his wand of a left foot being able to whip in free kicks and corners. In fact out of five free kicks he took in the 2008/09 season, four of them went in. On the deep depths of YouTube I managed to find his goal against Norwich City where he chopped past the same player about four times before curling into the top far left corner. He referred to this then as his best ever goal.
Despite getting his fair share of injuries and suspensions over that 08/09 season, he still managed to find his way into the PFA Championship Team of the Year as one of two City players in there. The other being Keiren Westwood. Even though we got various individual accolades for our brilliant youngsters that season, we only managed to finish in our trademark position of 17th place. Chris Coleman had all the tools to do it but couldn't get us anywhere near promotion.
However much we tried, we couldn't keep hold of Danny, even with him wanting to stay, he left to move to Celtic in the summer of 2009 for £1.5 million. Ray Ranson had all but resigned over this sale being done by SISU without him being consulted, along with the deal to move Scott Dann to Birmingham City, but he was talked into staying for a bit longer. In fact, these deals were the catalyst for all of the ownership troubles we have since faced. So really, he shouldn't be on this list and we should be throwing rocks at his house. (That's a joke, please don't do it...)