The thoughts of everyone at Oxford United are with the family and friends of Joey Beauchamp who has passed away aged 50.
Oxford born Joey signed as a YTS trainee in 1987 having been a ball boy at the Milk Cup Final in 1986 as part of the Summertown Stars side.
He is currently 10th in the Oxford appearances table with 428 games, and fifth in the all-time Oxford goalscoring chart with 80.
Having starred as a youngster and attracted the interest of many top clubs Joey was bought by West Ham United for £1,000,000 in 1994 before a spell at Swindon Town after which he returned to the Manor to help the side win promotion in 1996.
A toe injury ended his career after his final goal for the club at the Kassam Stadium against Exeter City.
The club will pay fitting tribute to one of its greatest ever players in due course but for now we ask fans to allow Joey’s family some privacy at this incredibly sad time.