This message is one to the hardest I have had to write for OxVox. Saturday was a long and amazing day that will live long in the memory. As with all of the best away days there were struggles and frustrations. Horrific journeys were endured by most and ticket collection was chaotic but once we all got in we were treated to a stunning display. This team did not get bad overnight and this was the sort of performance that galvanises that bond between club and supporters. It was something else. And then the news. Driving back from the game we heard the news that Joey Beauchamp had passed away and all that was forgotten.
Everyone will have their own memories and feelings when they heard the news. As someone just a year or so older than Joey I got to watch him come through our ranks and got to truly experience how good football could be in a yellow shirt. Those of us lucky enough to be there got to live out footballing dreams through a hometown hero. We got memories and heartaches and glimpses of the impossible. Most of all we got a young lad who wanted nothing more than to play football for the team he loved. And boy could he play.
Our focus has been almost solely on Stratfield Brake for the last few weeks but we are already working hard with the Fanatics, several supporters and the club on a number of projects to make sure a man who is woven into the fabric of this club, is remembered in the right way.
Our heartfelt condolences to Joey’s family and friends. He was your boy, but thank you for letting him be ours too.
There is no shame in admitting you are struggling. There is no shame in asking for help.
Here are some contact details supplied by MIND if you need any help at all.
- Samaritans. To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email email@example.com or vis
it some branches in person. You can also call the Samaritans Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).
- SANEline. If you’re experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).
- National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK. Offers a supportive listening service to anyone with thoughts of suicide. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK on 0800 689 5652 (open 24/7).
- Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). You can call the CALM on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight every day) if you are struggling and need to talk. Or if you prefer not to speak on the phone, you could try the CALM webchat service.
- The Mix. If you’re under 25, you can call The Mix on 0808 808 4994 (3pm–midnight every day), request support by email using this form on The Mix website or use their crisis text messenger service.
- Papyrus HOPELINEUK. If you’re under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings, or concerned about a young person who might be struggling, you can call Papyrus on 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm), email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07786 209 697.
- Nightline. If you’re a student, you can look on the Nightline website to see if your university or college offers a night-time listening service. Nightline phone operators are all students too.
- Switchboard. If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you can call Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day), email email@example.com
or use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.
Thank you, and please take care of each other.
Thank you all.
Rest in peace Joey.