He was with us from the start and left the club after our title-winning campaign last season – after leaving a Champion, Rich Beck will go down as one of the original Hashtag United legends. We spoke to the defender about his time at the club and to see what he’s up to these days…
“I was there from the beginning – Spencer rang me up and said ‘we’re going a play a Sunday game, do you want to get involved?’ I said yeah and the rest is history.
“It was quite a natural exit for me as the team was moving further away from where I live and it was nice to leave on a high.”
“The best memories have to be both Wembley events; the first one playing against Vauxhall because I scored two penalties – one at each end. To score at Wembley is something every boy dreams of!
“My number one memory has got to be the Wembley Cup, winning it 6-1. Playing with and against the legends that were there in front of 35,000 people was unbelievable.”
“The main difference, which is a testament to guys behind the scenes, is not the quality of videos – as they have always been quality – but the constant pressure that they put themselves under to improve.
“Every six months or so the quality gets better & better and obviously the standard of the team has improved significantly and now they’re playing league football.”
“My Hashtag journey allowed me to get my FA level one and two coaching badges and I’ve actually started up my own full-time football academy at Beaconsfield Town, which is a step three semi-professional club. It’s our first year and we started in September.
“I’m not really involved with Hashtag United anymore. I’m still in Whatsapp groups and I do want to get to a game this season, but because of the new business it’s quite hard to find time as its an hour and a half journey to the home ground. I’m hoping when they play more in north London I can get to a game and get on the commentary.”
“When I first told Devs and Spencer I was leaving it was agreed that it wasn’t the end, it was just a break.
“Who knows if I’ll be back. I hope to be back at some point in a capacity – who knows, as a manager or a coach possibly if they start a younger team or reserve team. I’d definitely love to get back involved in some way.”