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Feb 08, 2013   |  4:05PM AET

Countdown to Campbelltown: Michael Beauchamp

Countdown to Campbelltown: Michael Beauchamp

As a young striker – club Captain Michael Beauchamp was often spotted walking around Western Sydney in his football boots.

As a young striker – club Captain Michael Beauchamp was often spotted walking around Western Sydney in his football boots.

Following in his father-s footsteps – the now defender was a prolific goal-poacher in his early days of playing the game with Wetherill Park Westeners.

“I used to love go watching him play and I was fortunate enough to be encouraged to participate in the sport,” he said.

“My family was a great support then and they have been throughout my whole football career.”

Playing with friends both at school and on weekends has left Beauchamp with many special memories.

“My best was winning two grand finals – Under 8-s and 9-s,” he said.

“In the Under 8-s one I scored two goals – I was a striker and I was happy to be up front.”

A particularly exceptional moment for the World Cup 2006 Socceroo – securing a DVD dub of the match from tape.

“My parents did it as a surprise so it-s pretty cool to see it,” said Beauchamp.

“I even had a long mullet happening and it won-t be coming out in public!”

He believes that an appreciation for training hard has its rewards and you must be willing to listen to those with authority, like coaches, who are willing to give advice.

“Learn as much as you can,” he said.

“In the end – if you enjoy it then that is the main thing.”

The Wanderers next play Newcastle Jets at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday night at 7.45pm.