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RIP Julie Beattie: Shots’ minute silence for fan

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Aldershot Town will tomorrow (Saturday 8th January) hold a minute’s silence before their League Two fixture with Oxford United in memory of Shots fan Julie Beattie who sadly passed away on January 2nd at the age of 49.

The FSF’s deepest sympathies go out to Julie’s husband Paul, her mother, and the many other family and friends fortunate enough to have known Julie.

Aside from being a former club secretary and supporters’ committee member Julie was also the long-serving secretary of the Football Supporters’ Federation’s Southern Division and will be sorely missed by all those who knew her. Last season she was also voted Aldershot’s Club Person of the Year, something which she was very proud of.

“Julie was impossible not to like,” said FSF president Monica Hartland. “Her kindly nature and an inherent amiability belied a work ethic and steely determination which was never more apparent than when her beloved Aldershot Town was ejected from the Football League. Julie was always engaging in debate and, when volunteers were needed, ‘no time’ was never an option for Julie.”

Julie supported the Shots since her teens and became involved in their supporters’ club when the club reformed in 1992. Julie was very well known amongst Aldershot fans and it’s a tribute to her popularity that scores of messages have been left on the shotstalk fans’ forum sharing memories and expressing condolences.

RIP Julie Beattie.

Funeral arrangements

Julie’s family welcome anyone who would like to attend the church service, internment or Celebration of Julie’s life. Julie’s family have also said that Aldershot supporters and those of other clubs should feel free to wear their club’s colours in recognition of Julie’s love for football. Anyone requiring any further information should contact Richard Petty on 01252 320211 or richard@theshots.co.uk.

The funeral and celebration of Julie’s life will be held on Wednesday 19th January with the following arrangements:

  • Church service (11am): St Johns Church, Farnborough Road, Lower Hale, Farnham, GU9 0NX
  • Followed by the internment (noon) at: Badshot Lea Cemetery, Badshot Lea Road, Farnham, GU9 9HX
  • Celebration of Julie’s life (1pm): The Xfor Lounge, Aldershot Town Football Club, The EBB Stadium, High Street, Aldershot, Hants, GU11 1TW

Flowers: c/o – H C Patrick Undertakers, 86/87 East Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7TP

Donations: Julie was a cat lover, taking in homeless and injured ones and Julie’s husband Paul will have a charity donations box in aid of Cats Protection at the EBB Stadium.

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