Lenny Beaumont in his playing days.

Lenny Beaumont in his playing days.

Lenny Beaumont

Richard Wright

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Friday, December 1, 2017 - 13:00

ISLAND football legend Lenny Beaumont, the backbone of WestWight FC for many seasons, has died at the age of 87.

He started playing for All Saints’ School, Freshwater, buthis real career started as a teenager after the war in West Wight’s cup-winningteam.

He was pledged half a crown (12.5p) by a supporter for everygoal he scored in the final — and he netted a hat trick. The man paid up and hedrank the cup dry, the teenager learning an early salutory lesson about overimbibing.

His national service with the Royal Horse Artillery took himto training at Oswestry on 25-pounder guns. He went to Germany where his servicein the stores meant he could get the time off to play football for hisregiment.

He played with and against some notable professional playersat the time, leading to a trial with Crystal Palace on his return to civvystreet.

He didn’t take the Eagles up on the offer of professionalfootball, returning instead to the Island, playing in the Hampshire League forRyde, Cowes and several other teams — even West Wight’s  rivals, Yarmouth, for a while.

He made more than 700 appearances for West Wight winning manyhonours. He was never sent off or booked even though he was recognised as atough player. He announced his retirement in 1969 but came back out ofretirement.

He lived in Camp Road, Freshwater, close to West Wight’sground, for many years. He died in residential care in Totland, where he hadbeen for two years.

He leaves a son, two grandsons and one great grandson.

A funeral service takes place at Christ Church, Totland, at11.45am next Friday, December 8, followed by a service at the Island Crematoriumat 12.45pm.

People are welcome to attend either and the celebration ofhis life at West Wight Social Club from 2pm.

 


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