Fans at Stamford Bridge clapped in the 31st minute of the Chelsea vs AFC Bournemouth Premier League 2022-23 game honoring Reece Newcombe – a Chelsea fan who was stabbed to death in a fight back in November. He was 31 years old at the time of death.
Here’s a video of the moment:
The incident took place early morning at 4 am on November 26, in Richmond Bridge.
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Who was Reece Newcombe?
Reece Newcombe was a fitness trainer and football fan. He was stabbed to death with a piece of glass in Richmond Bridge, South London. Newcombe trained celebrities, including former player turned football pundit Ian Wright.
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Three Lions fans in the Qatar World Cup put up a banner in honor of Newcombe during England’s 3-0 win against Senegal in the Round of 16. The banner read: ‘Football is coming home in memory of Reece.’
Reece, a resident of Egham, Surrey, was a well-known boxing coach in Hounslow and the great-grandson of legendary boxer Harry Holland, who in the 1970s established his own camp at the Hogarth Youth Club in Chiswick.
The West Side Gym in Hounslow and its sister facility in Isleworth on the Ivybridge estate are owned by Reece’s father, John Holland.
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As a boxing coach, Newcombe played a pivotal role in helping kids in Hounslow to stay away from street crime. He influenced kids and young adults in boxing gyms across the region.
Following his death, a fundraiser was started to help his family and according to reports, they managed to raise £108,000 in the first week of December.