I was sold to save United says Beauchamp

Herald Series: Joey Beauchamp goes for goal on his West Ham debut in a friendly Joey Beauchamp goes for goal on his West Ham debut in a friendly

Joey Beauchamp’s move to West Ham saved Oxford United from going out of business in 1994 – the Oxford Mail can reveal.

The former U’s winger, who yesterday revealed that he has spent 20 months battling drink and depression, never wanted to join the Premier League outfit, but felt he had no option.

“I was walking around the pitch at the Manor Ground and Keith Cox told me that if I didn’t join West Ham then Oxford would fold,” he said.

“What was I supposed to do?

“I could never have lived with myself if I refused to join West Ham and then Oxford did go under.

“So I had to go.”

Beauchamp moved to West Ham for £1m on June 22, 1994, but lasted just two months before being sold to Swindon.

“I put the money I made from joining West Ham towards buying my house in Oxford that I am still in today,” he said.

“I was going to commute every day, and didn’t think it would be a problem.

“But after two or three weeks of training, I realised that it was.

“The club wanted me to move closer, I didn’t, so the only way out was to either rot in the reserves or go somewhere else.”

Beauchamp made a handful of appearances for the Hammers in pre-season – including one at Oxford City.

“I scored a stunning goal that day,” he said.

“The ball dropped over the head of City defender Jon Muttock and I volleyed it, first time, from about 40 yards.

“It flew over the keeper and into the net – then bizarrely the referee disallowed it for offside.”

Being an Oxford fan, moving to Swindon was a move Beauchamp never considered would be an option.

“I didn’t want to go there either,” he said.

“But I had to get out of West Ham and Swindon were the only team at that moment who were interested.

“I don’t blame West Ham for getting rid of me, but I still get abused by Oxford fans to this day about playing at Swindon.”

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8:56am Wed 16 Jun 10

Ox4Eva says...

Fair play to Joey he was a great servent to OUFC and a top player.


Finding cummuting to London a chore?

Done it for years, its not far.

But i can understand it that it did not suit Joey, i hope his life get better for him.
Fair play to Joey he was a great servent to OUFC and a top player. Finding cummuting to London a chore? Done it for years, its not far. But i can understand it that it did not suit Joey, i hope his life get better for him. Ox4Eva
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9:12am Wed 16 Jun 10

oxfordus says...

Joey gave me some great memories; he was a real star and even more so now when you consider the circumstances of his transfer. Sorry to hear about your drink and depression issues. Get well mate.
Joey gave me some great memories; he was a real star and even more so now when you consider the circumstances of his transfer. Sorry to hear about your drink and depression issues. Get well mate. oxfordus
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9:31am Wed 16 Jun 10

mandate says...

Joey is up among the all-time greats who have played in an Oxford shirt. He was always entertaining to watch and he scored some cracking goals.
I hope your life works out for you Joey. Good luck and many thanks again for some great memories.
Joey is up among the all-time greats who have played in an Oxford shirt. He was always entertaining to watch and he scored some cracking goals. I hope your life works out for you Joey. Good luck and many thanks again for some great memories. mandate
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9:37am Wed 16 Jun 10

badger86 says...

Joey with Chrissy Allen flying down the wings. Now that was a fantastic attacking combination! Best of luck Joey.
Joey with Chrissy Allen flying down the wings. Now that was a fantastic attacking combination! Best of luck Joey. badger86
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10:21am Wed 16 Jun 10

oufcad21 says...

Joey was awesome, hope you get better soon!!!!
Joey was awesome, hope you get better soon!!!! oufcad21
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10:42am Wed 16 Jun 10

BARTSIMPSON returns says...

Ah didums, to far to travel to London was it. Thousands do it every day and don't earn half the money he did, what a softie. I see theres no mention of his gambling habits, airbruching that out of his life is he?
Ah didums, to far to travel to London was it. Thousands do it every day and don't earn half the money he did, what a softie. I see theres no mention of his gambling habits, airbruching that out of his life is he? BARTSIMPSON returns
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11:52am Wed 16 Jun 10

The Delusion of Grandeur says...

I think the issue was that West Ham wanted him to move closer and he didn't.

All Joey ever really wanted to do was to play for Oxford United, you can't blame him for that. Had it worked out at West Ham he could well have gone on to play for England - he was that good.
I think the issue was that West Ham wanted him to move closer and he didn't. All Joey ever really wanted to do was to play for Oxford United, you can't blame him for that. Had it worked out at West Ham he could well have gone on to play for England - he was that good. The Delusion of Grandeur
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2:19pm Wed 16 Jun 10

BARTSIMPSON returns says...

No way he could have played for England, that would have meant him travelling abroard!!
No way he could have played for England, that would have meant him travelling abroard!! BARTSIMPSON returns
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3:16pm Wed 16 Jun 10

BenkiuGuasu says...

travelling to london every day is one thing, but travelling to east london every day is something else completely...

bart simpson, you make some very turdish comments.

hail to our hero joey beauchamp!!

girl-club
travelling to london every day is one thing, but travelling to east london every day is something else completely... bart simpson, you make some very turdish comments. hail to our hero joey beauchamp!! girl-club BenkiuGuasu
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3:49pm Wed 16 Jun 10

Canterbury_Yellow says...

p155 off Bart Simpson! Man, are you annoying! Sanctimonious tw@t!
p155 off Bart Simpson! Man, are you annoying! Sanctimonious tw@t! Canterbury_Yellow
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3:50pm Wed 16 Jun 10

Canterbury_Yellow says...

Joey B is a hero!
Joey B is a hero! Canterbury_Yellow
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4:38pm Wed 16 Jun 10

Maggie Arms says...

In those days, from Oxford to West Ham's training ground, it took well over 2 hours on a good day.
Anyway, I'm glad it didn't work out at West Ham.
In those days, from Oxford to West Ham's training ground, it took well over 2 hours on a good day. Anyway, I'm glad it didn't work out at West Ham. Maggie Arms
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7:29pm Wed 16 Jun 10

BARTSIMPSON returns says...

Wow..two hours there..four hours training..two hours back..normal working day for most, and he couldn't hack it even on what they were paying him. What a woss
Wow..two hours there..four hours training..two hours back..normal working day for most, and he couldn't hack it even on what they were paying him. What a woss BARTSIMPSON returns
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1:12am Thu 17 Jun 10

Headington-Heathcliff says...

Never heard of him - is he selling a book or something now?
Never heard of him - is he selling a book or something now? Headington-Heathcliff
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10:27am Thu 17 Jun 10

bluenose says...

Mummy boy who couldnt move too far away. Then turned to drink when nobody idolised him. Not his fault he was badly advised.
Mummy boy who couldnt move too far away. Then turned to drink when nobody idolised him. Not his fault he was badly advised. bluenose
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