Former Oxford United and West Ham winger Joey Bechamp has died at the age of 50.
The cause of death for the former Flanker is unknown but tributes have been paid following the announcement of the tragic news.
Oxford United confirmed the news on Twitter: “We are saddened to learn of the death of one of Oxford United’s greatest greats. Relax, Joey Bechamp.”
The Oxford-born deceased achieved great success at his hometown club in the early 90’s after a spell on debt in Swansea.
His form for the U’s led to the sale of the then-club record £ 1.2 million transfer to the Premier League West Ham United.
However, he failed to stay in Upton Park for a long time under manager Harry Redknapp.
Beauchamp famously could not bear the traffic traveling from Oxford to East London every day and left Hammers after only 58 days and without any competitive appearance.
Swindon Town donated £ 800,000 plus defender Adrian Whitebread and spent the 1994-95 campaign at County Ground.
The lure of home once again proved too strong for Bechamp when he returned to Oxford in November.
He played more than 230 league matches for the club over the next seven years.
But his professional career ended when repeated injury problems forced him to retire in 2002.
However, he did manage to sign Oxford with a goal in his last game against Exeter City.
Beauchamp then joined Abingdon Town, a local non-league side, to play with his brother Luke before playing for Bleachingdon.
He is widely regarded as one of Oxford United’s greatest players to date and the sad news of his death has paid tribute to him.
One fan wrote: “I grew up as an Arsenal fan with an Oxford United season ticket (local club) and this guy was one of the best footballers I have ever seen play live on my day. RIP – Family Ideas with
Another tweeted: “Heartbroken was the goat that should have played for England, this boy had everything.”
A fellow Oxford fan commented: “My favorite player so far, which is why I support yellow. Barton Boys saved his time to help us in the U10s. He saw me standing in line to go to the manor and took me inside with him. I am very upset to hear that you have left. RIP Joey Bechamp. “