Holwell Works stalwart “Beef” Hampson honoured by family and team-mates

Richard Hampson's ex-wife Diane Bursnell and daughter Katherine at the unveiling ceremony EMN-151021-093901002

Richard Hampson's ex-wife Diane Bursnell and daughter Katherine at the unveiling ceremony EMN-151021-093901002

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Former Holwell Works team-mates joined family and friends to remember Richard Hampson at one of his favourite stomping grounds.

Holwell worked on a commemorative plaque to Richard, who died earlier this year aged 60, with his former wife Diane Bursnell and children Neil and Kathy. The finished work was unveiled at Welby Road, fittingly, before a recent home match.

Richard Hampson in his Holwell playing days, pictured middle of front row EMN-151021-094156002

Richard Hampson in his Holwell playing days, pictured middle of front row EMN-151021-094156002

Richard, or Beef, as he was known to his friends, turned out for the Asfordby Hill club for about 15 years through the 1970s and the early 1980s.

The midfielder, known for his legendary sense of humour, helped the team to a Senior League title and several cups, including the Chairman’s Shield.

Diane said: “He was an incredibly enthusiastic player who often shouted himself hoarse yelling encouragement to the rest of the team.

“If they were losing, he would never would give up.

Richard's commemorative plaque EMN-151021-100959002

Richard's commemorative plaque EMN-151021-100959002

“We remained very close friends and I wanted to do something nice for him as he was such a great person, and such a great and dear father to our children Neil and Kathy and much-loved father-in-law to Bea.

“I asked to have a memorial bench put up at one of Richard’s favourite local walks, but was turned down.

“Then my husband suggested I approach Holwell so I did and they were marvellous – really helpful and welcoming.”

Neil and Bea were unable to make the long trip from Devon for the short ceremony, but the occasion was recorded for them.

“They and Kathy were all involved in the finalised draft of the plaque, and helped pick the right photograph,” Diane added.

“It was nice to see all the familiar faces on Saturday, and I thank Holwell Works so very much for allowing, and actively encouraging, our memorial gathering.”