Shrewsbury football coach and journalist was a 'beautiful soul'

A respected football coach and sports journalist who died after having mental health struggles was “a beautiful soul”, his family have said.

Ben Crump
Ben Crump

Benjamin Anthony Crump, from Radbrook in Shrewsbury, was a popular youth team coach at Allscott Heath FC and a football writer for online outlet Snack Media.

The 36-year-old had been struggling after a relationship breakdown, and took his own life on November 17 last year.

An outpouring of grief in the footballing community in Shropshire and further afield followed his death.

Young Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Jaden Bevan, who has recently been included in the first team squad, helped set up a fundraiser for Ben’s family after his death, which reached more than £4,400, more than double its target. The stopper described Ben as “one of the nicest and most genuine men” he had met in football.

An inquest into Ben’s death at Shirehall heard he was found at home by his father. He was treated at the scene but nothing could be done to save him.

John Ellery, senior coroner for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, recorded a conclusion of suicide.

Ben’s sister, Rebecca Rice, said afterwards: “He was loved by everyone. He was a beautiful soul. I don’t know a person who didn’t like him.”

Allscott Heath chairman Tom Ford said: “Ben loved his football and was one of our first youth team managers for the Midlands Junior Premier League youth Saturday league. He absolutely loved seeing his players progress and did a great job with being the club’s welfare officer. Ben will be missed on and off the pitch. Our thoughts are with his sons and his family.”

In Salop goalkeeper Bevan’s fundraiser, he wrote: “Ben Crump was loved by all associated with him. He was funny and caring and always put everyone else before himself. I and all are very saddened to hear the passing of Ben who, for me personally, was one of the nicest and most genuine men I’ve met in football.

"You will be forever in our hearts Ben, and will be loved forever, rest easy my mate.”

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