We remember our dear friend, James “Hux” Huxtable

We celebrate the memory of our beautiful friend and clubmate, James “Hux” Huxtable, who was taken from us well before his time.

On Friday evening 16th March, following a 1st XV match against HAC, Hux was the victim of a tragic train accident in the early hours of the morning.

He was surrounded by Belsize men and lots of love and brothers that night, which is something that we can all take some comfort from.

We wanted to give his friends and the wider Rugby family the opportunity to post a memory or message of condolence to his family. Hopefully we can embody the humanity and decency which defines our game.

Our friend Hux played at outhalf with Kings College Taunton and toured with a barbarians’ independent schools side, before playing for the University of Bath Rugby and Redruth RFC in Cornwall (where his Dad Keith also played). He joined Belsize Park RFC when he moved to London to work with Accenture. We know his other clubs have made various gestures of respect and we stand with them in their grief.

In just two seasons, Hux has made a huge, positive impact to the Belsize family. He arrived into the club along with a gang of his best mates from University. Thanks to his cheeky and fun nature, commitment on and off the pitch, and genuine grounded personality, he has become a nucleus and favourite within our club. He was only telling us on Friday night about how he was so excited for next season for the other lads in their wider friendship group that he was bringing in to play for us. He had also made sure to drop into conversation that he had been coming in all the way from Newbury every Wednesday to make training sessions. He showed great commitment and really cared about Belsize and the team. As a coach, I have rarely met a player who cared as much and felt his responsibility of performance to his teammates so deeply. He showed each of us a lot of respect and care, and those memories will live on. He is a credit to his family and parents. We are going to miss him so much.

As a sign of respect, Belsize Park shall permanently retire our 1st XV no. 10 shirt. Hux was our boy and this was his shirt. In addition, there will be one-minute silence before our 1st XV game away against Enfield Ignatians this Saturday, and for the remainder of our games this season. We will be there in numbers to support his family at the funeral.

To James’s Father Keith, his mother Angela, his brother Adam and his entire family, we are so sorry for your extraordinary loss. You are in our thoughts and in our hearts. We mourn with you and we share your grief. We are here for you and you will always have a home at Belsize.

Hux, you were a beautiful, funny, quality man and a great friend. A class act that your family can be so proud of and our Club is privileged that you chose us.

Rest in Peace brother

Belsize Park RFC

 

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76 thoughts on “We remember our dear friend, James “Hux” Huxtable”

  1. Hux,

    it was with great sadness that I heard that you will no longer be with us.

    It always a great pleasure to watch you playing rugby.
    You were always there for your teammates and always pushing the team to do better.

    You will be missed

    Rest In Peace

    Charles

  2. It is so, so sad to hear of this tragic news. Although he was one of yours he was also one of us. The Lambs are playing Croatia tomorrow and we will be holding a minute’s silence before the game, as will the U16s before their game against Scotland. The Lambs do not play in position specific shirts. We number from 99 downwards. However, as a mark of respect we will be retiring the number of the current Lambs 10 and Captain that will be facing Croatia tomorrow. No Lamb will play in 95 again xxxxxxx

    LAMBS RUGBY – PLAY FAST AND FREE XXXXXXX

  3. Only spent a season with you Hux, but counted you as a team mate and a friend, such a great guy on and off the pitch, echoing all the comments here.
    I feel lucky to have spent your final game and evening with you. I hope we did you proud on Saturday. Galway Girl was played loud and proud for you in the changing room afterwards.
    Missing you on and off the pitch.
    .RIP

    Barker

  4. What a terrible thing to happen, i never met James but i have met thousands of young lads for whom the game of rugby epitomizes the values we share, James quite obviously understood these too and will always be a brother of our game.
    My heart goes out to his poor family and friends, I’m sure, for you all, there will always be a hole in your lives, i hope you can eventually fill that hole with the memories and the Joy that Hux brought to you all.
    My thoughts are with you.

    Giles Froud
    Woodford RFC.

  5. We do and will miss you terribly my man – talented player, wonderful person with qualities too numerous to mention who very clearly had an uplifting infectious presence in all company. . .I can only echo the very many comments above and keep your family and friends in my thoughts and prayers at this time of unimaginable loss – RIP Hux – gone but not forgotten XX

  6. Sorry to hear of your loss at Belzise Park. Met James 4 years ago after Wales v England game with his team mates and later in the evening Brian East joined, at your head quarters in marlybourne and had a good few drinks. Will toast a good “taffy” drink in his memory after our game tomorrow. RIP from taffy.

  7. It’s impossible to put into words one’s true feelings about such a tragic loss of life. We have a rugby playing son of a similar age and I cannot imagine what Hux’s parents and close friends must be going through at this time. Our deepest condolences go out to all family and friends and we will give Hux the deepest respect before we kick off against Hackney RFC tomorrow at Tabard RFC.

    May this very talented young man rest in peace.

    Ross Hopcroft
    President Tabard RFC

  8. On behalf of Stoneygate FC in Leicestershire, I would like to offer our deepest sympathies to James’ family at this terrible time. Hopefully they will get some degree of comfort knowing how much he was loved from all the messages on this site.

    James did not play in the 2 matches we played with Belsize Park RFC just over 2 years ago but it is obvious that he made a great impression at the club in a short time and that his loss leaves a great void.

    Our thoughts are also with all our friends at Belsize Park RFC.

    RIP

    Bruce Cooper,

    Chairman Stoneygate FC

    http://stoneygatefc.co.uk/

  9. Hux,

    You were a amazing team mate and friend. The kind of bloke who would get you fired up in the huddle before a game and be the first to grab a drink with you afterwards.

    Your competitive nature and all round class were at the heart of everything we’ve done well on the pitch this year and your infectious charm embodies everything it means to be part of Belsize RFC. It is difficult to put in to words the loss our club is feeling.

    I can’t imagine what your family are going through but I wish them all the strength and support to get them through this tough time.

    Much love,

    Blevs

  10. Another sad day in the history of our rugby club. Too many friends have shuffled off their mortal coil far too early.

    My heartfelt condolences to James’s family and to all club members.

  11. What ghastly news. My sincere condolences to his family and to all those at Belsize and elsewhere who knew this obviously much loved young man. As an ex Belsize man who has made his share of mistakes but got away with them I can only reflect on the unkind hand of fate that has allowed me to survive to the age of 68 whilst snatching away this fine young man with all his life and possibilities in front of him.
    What a tragedy. His family and friends must be devastated and in a state of shock and disbelief.
    RIP

  12. Such a tragic loss. Not only are Belsize our closest rivals, they have been our closest friends for many, many a year. Deepest sympathies to his family, his friends, his team-mates and to Belsize RFC.

  13. Hux it was a pleasure knowing you and playing with you at uni and then against you for Hampstead. You will be deeply missed and my sincerest condolences to your friends and family.

    Max

  14. Huxy, I can’t begin to tell you how I felt when I heard the news. You would be proud of the response from the boys and the way they’ve rallied round each other – I know you’d have been at the heart of it if it was another one of us.

    You were an inspiration mate – a man who gave everything to every second, on and off the field and inspired everyone around you to do the same. It’s hard being so far away at time like this, there’s not much I wouldn’t give to pull on the jersey to play with the boys in your memory this Saturday.

    Your family is our family, so anything anyone needs please reach out.

    I’ll miss you mate.

    Devs

  15. Condolences to the Belsize family from Old Emanuel. Just a year ago we lost one of ours on the pitch and can only sympathise with what you are going through, and the depth of feelings you will all have. Be close to each other, talk openly, shed those tears alone and together, but try and remember a friend, with smiles to stay in your hearts.
    Deepest regards to you all.

  16. Hux, we didn’t play together long but you oozed class from the way you played and managed the game to the way you held yourself off it. A true gent. I can’t imagine what your family are going through but I wish them all the strength and support to get them through this tough time.

    RIP mate, yours in union

    Mikey

  17. Hux, you were a true gentleman taken far to early!
    Deepest condolences to all family and friends!
    RIP mate!!

  18. Without a doubt, Hux was loved and honoured. I never knew him. It is my loss. Boys, shit happens. Whenever you can, be by each other’s side, so that neither slips in it.

    “Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here obedient to their laws we lie.”

  19. It is a truly sad and tragic event when any young person dies and for Hux to pass away almost exactly 10 years after Shirley adds a sense of strangeness. I didn’t know Hux but reading all these wonderful messages he forms a picture in my mind of a true Belsize man. My heartfelt condolences to all his family and also to the many great friends he has left behind in Belsize – he will not be forgotten.

  20. My heartfelt condolences to James’s family and friends. Leaving us far too soon.

    Rest In Peace.

    POC

    Besize Old Boy
    Chicago, USA

  21. My thoughts and prayers are for James, his family and friends, My deepest condolences and I am so sorry for your loss.

    RIP James

  22. As NIV’s Parents we feel ALL your Grief. We know how close you had all become and, from the other end of the Country, we wish to send our Deepest Condolences to HUX’s Family, Friends and The Belsize Family of Brothers.

    We are sure HUX will forever be with his Brothers.

    RIP HUX

    Scott & Suzie Niven

  23. Hux,

    It is difficult to comprehend that we were just lining up together to play last Friday. Such a tragic loss of life for a brilliant team mate, friend and player.

    You will be sorely missed by all.

    Rest in peace,
    Jack

    X

  24. Hux was a fantastic playmaker and kicker for the Belsize Park 1XV.He was part of a talented and committed group of young men. He will be sorelly missed by his teammates. The No 10 shirt is rightly being withdrawn from the Belsize 1XV in his memory.

  25. It’s hard to mourn someone you never met, but the amount of sorrow and affection that spreads through this page testifies what a great odd family we all are.
    I played my days at Belsize before your time, and I know for certain I would have fought by your side in the pitch, if we had our chance.
    Friends and families stand together in times of sorrow, and that’s just what Belsize-men do.
    Rest in Peace my brother, Good luck on the next match up there, I know you’ll do great. S.

  26. Hux, you were a beautiful cheeky little man. I’m not sure if we had a run out together on the field, but that was due to you actually being a really decent player. I can say that we definitely have had a few beers together over the last 2 seasons.

    My funniest memory is when me and Emms collared you at the bar to join tour, you signed up which I am putting down to the peer pressure and then avoided me for a few weeks so you didn’t have to say you were not coming.

    It was a massive shock to the system to hear the tragic news on Sunday afternoon and this week everyone is feeling empty.
    I have never been so prouder of a club as I have this week in the way that everyone has been pulling together and supporting each other in very hard times.

    You played in what was an epic Friday night lights match which was the first of its kinds so what a way to bow out.
    I am really going to miss hearing your name on a Saturday morning when the fines sheets are being prepped as I think you got your own page. I did love it when you asked for help when the late fines rolled onto 3 weeks in a row.

    For once my friend you will not be fined for being late but are definitely fined for your early exit from us.

    RIP Hux

    Big hugs go out to all of your family and close friends in these tough times.

    Kully XXX

  27. Deepest condolences to the friends, family, and teammates of James.
    Although I was unfortunate to not get to know James, I feel that the response from the rugby and Belsize community to his passing is a testament to the character that James embodied and the positive impact that he had on those around him.

  28. Hux, you were a great bloke and a good friend. I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to have known you for the short time that I did. The world is poorer without you in it.

    I’ll miss you mate.

  29. From all at Ruislip Rugby Club we send our deepest condolences to Hux’s family and friends. The comments show how truely missed you will be not only as a player but as a club man and friend to many. RIP

  30. Such a loss at a young age great lad was always up for a laff thoughts are with his family at this terrible time

  31. Greetings from the antipodes – my brother Peter (Slugger) Gillespie was a former player for BPRFC who died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2005.

    I know all too well the feelings expressed in previous posts – sadness, disbelief and grief, intermingled with affection and admiration for one who gave his all to his club and his teammates on and off the field.

    Our family greatly appreciated the kindness and generosity of spirit extended to us at the time of Pete’s passing, and I want to record here how much we all admire your response to this latest tragic event.

    It’s not possible to explain why these catastrophic events occur, but we can respond in ways that offer solace support comfort and empathy to those who grieve – well played BPRFC for the way you have rallied around !
    Warm regards
    Michael Gillespie

  32. Shocking and sad new. My deepest condolences to Hux’s family and friends.

    I could observe him training during my year at Belsize, his passion, his committment, his welcoming and friendly character: he surely will be missed.

    Rest in peace, Hux

  33. “You can tell right away when someone is a great player”
    Very first words I heard about you after you finished your first session with us.
    It was very easy to see you were an outstanding human being as well.
    They were maybe five games, they could have been 500, I thank you for running into the pitch with me and I will always remember you very fondly.
    RIP Huxy.

  34. One of the best guys I’ve ever had the pleasure of crossing the white wash with, such a talented player even having to deal with my passing as a scrum half, absolute top bloke, rest easy James.

  35. Hux,

    I had the pleasure of meeting you a handful of times, through my affiliation with Belsize via my brother Jack, with whom you played.

    One of the more recent times I’d spoken to you, you mentioned you were doing Dry January, which I admired, whilst surrounded by your team mates sloshing beer into them post game at a pub in Fulham.

    Although we were acquaintsnces, the comments below on your character really do embody the feeling you gave me on a humane level. For which I’m sure many people loved you for, not least your family.

    Rest in peace.

    Love

    Tom

  36. Awful news to hear, all of our thoughts and condolences to his family, friends and to all at Belsize RFC. From everyone at Harrow RFC.

  37. From an Old Beckahamian who never rose to first XV I say RIP brother. Rugby is a family and those who you leave behind can take comfort in the thoughts of those both close to you and far represented here. Raising a glass to you now.

  38. At Belsize we are part of a family none of us can or would want to ever leave. Regardless of where life or death takes us. And that’s why you will always be remembered, for making this great club part of your incredible and important life, cut tragically short. I hope these messages serve as some comfort to your family who have the full support and love of Belsize and the wider rugby family.

  39. James,
    You were a true gentleman, your spirit embodied all that is rugby, and you were an asset to Belsize both on and off the pitch. We will all miss you terribly. You were a credit to your family and my love goes out to them and all who knew you.
    Love always.
    Tracy B

  40. Hux – you were a great great man both on and off the pitch and it’s just such a shame to be having to write this message. You will be sorely missed by all and we feel blessed to have had you in our lives. Much love brother x

  41. Very sad to hear this news, thoughts with friends and family. Rest in peace. Love from all here at Harpenden

    1. The General Committee of Middlesex County Rugby Football Union stood at their meeting on Tuesday evening in memory of James, a unique and gifted player who I had the pleasure of watching over the last 2 seasons. He will be missed by his family and all of us at Belsize Park.

      Brian East
      Life member, Belsize Park &
      Immediate Past President of MCRFU

  42. Hux mate, you oozed class both on and off the field. You brought fun, friendly vibes to the dressing room and knew how to make everyone at home.

    Life has such a cruel way of working sometimes and I’m truly gutted.
    You will be in our hearts and minds forever mate.

    I know that wherever you are, you are smiling.
    Phil x

  43. Although ‘Hux’ was not known to us personally, you give an insight into the character and personality of a remarkable young man taken tragically and prematurely.

    He obviously made a huge impression both on and off the field and found a club of ‘kindred spirits’ who will treasure his legacy.

    Whilst such a loss must be huge to his birth and rugby families, it’s ripples travel a long way.

    Our condolences go out to all who loved and knew him and whose lives he obviously enriched.

    Ged Murphy

    Director of Club Rugby
    Hertford RFC.

  44. I was Huxey’s coach when he played u11’s – u14’s Rugby at Taunton RFC.
    He was one of the most conscientious young player I have ever had the privileged to coach and he showed a considerable amount of skill with a readiness to turn a bad situation into a positive situation with a concise decision.
    This was recognised at a very young age and I am sure he carried that through out his rugby career.
    He turned a great team into a fantastic team when he joined us.
    A one in a million young man who made many friends in a team full of many different family cultures.
    Although I now live in New Zealand I was always aware of the group of players from Taunton who remained friends through school, college, university and rugby life.
    Not only do my thoughts and condolences go out to James’s family, who I know, but also to those boys who have lost a very good friend.

    “Take care James – Where-ever you may go you will always make a difference”

  45. Hux, you were always smiling and that’s how I’ll vividly remember you. You were a wonderful man, an infectiously passionate rugby player and a fantastic personality, whose endless joy and passion for life I always admired.

    Thank you for being an excellent and unforgettable friend and teammate. I will miss you terribly on and off the pitch.

    Rest in peace brother.

    Love,

    Sam

  46. Hux, you were an incredible mix of talent, guts and passion. Inspiring on the pitch and a great lad off it. I will miss you hugely my friend. Rest peacefully. We all love you. Grant x

  47. On behalf of Enfield Ignatians, we send our deepest condolences to James’ family and friends.

    We will stand with you on Saturday and share your grief and pay respect to James who was obviously loved and respected on and off the pitch.

    RIP James

    Jake bates
    1st XV captain
    Enfield Ignatians

  48. As coach and vice-chairman of Enfield Ignatians I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of James, his friends, rugby friends and to Belsize Park Rugby Club. It is with honour and respect that we will remember him him this coming Saturday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, and we will all raise a glass to James this Saturday,

  49. We never met Hux but any brother of Belsize is a brother of mine and this is such a tragic loss.

    Thoughts are with family and friends at this time.

    I will look forward to raising a beer to you with the rest of the boys and hopefully hearing some stories of your time at the club.

    Rest In Peace

  50. On behalf of all the players, coaches and officials at Harpenden RFC, we can simply say that we stand with you in grief, in support of the players, friends and family at this time.

    At brutal times like this, Rugby seems almost incidental, but shows how connected we all are when it is needed most.

    I hope you are able to hold together as a family, as friends and as a club, and celebrate the memory of someone who meant so much to you.

    Our very best.

    Matt Davies
    Coach
    Harpenden RFC

  51. Had the pleasure of playing alongside Hux on tour with the Barbarians. Always a top gent on and off the field and will be sorely missed.

    Thoughts are with you all at this time.

    Alex “Scrappy” Wilcockson

  52. On behalf of HAC RFC, we would like to send our deepest condolences to James, his family and his team mates.

    He was a fierce competitor who played with great charachter and we are all proud to have shared the pitch with him in the sport we all love.

    Our thoughts are with you all, in what must be an incredibly hard time. If there is anything we can do as a Club to support in any way, please let us know.

    Jack Pattinson
    Head Coach of HAC

  53. Huxy,
    I only met you this year but I miss you terribly my friend. You are this boy who’s just with the eyes I was able to feel alright to play. You had a word to welcome me in this club and at each end of the games. Your smile gave the good spirit to the team. Your conscientious and exigence were remarquable. You will be with us at all time. Repose en paix mon ami. Marc

  54. To our friends and rugby family at Belsize Park.

    Hearing the news this evening we at Harrow RFC have you all in our thoughts. Our sincerest condolences to the club and family of James at this very sad time. We will lift a beer for you all this coming weekend and take a moments silence before the game to pay our respects.

    Yours in Rugby
    Adam West
    Captain Harrow RFC

  55. Huxy mate,

    It was only a season in which I played with you however you made your mark on and off the field – a great rugby friend and you will be sorely missed, all of the Belsize family are hurting down under.

    My last memory was at my leaving party in ‘Chiswick’ & I have a vivid memory of you standing outside the front door downing a bottle of beer before you left to go home (3am!), what a night. Nevertheless you were a great and genuine person, you can’t beat that.

    Rest In Peace bud, once a belsize always a belsize.

    Rusty x

  56. Hux was exactly who you want to join your rugby club. He got rugby and he got what rugby clubs are all about. He was also a great guy.

    We say that once you join Belisize you never leave even if you live half way across the world, with Hux that takes on a stronger meaning. Hux will forever be woven into the fabric of the Club.

  57. Hux, you were a wonderful team mate both on and off the pitch. A fierce competitor who never gave less than 100% and great fun at the bar afterwards. You will be missed. RIP

  58. I didn’t know you all that well mate but it was always a pleasure having a chat back at the pub after a game. Truly shocked to hear the news.

    You’ll be greatly missed and my thoughts are with your friends and family.

    Bez

  59. Hux, my boy, all I can hear as I try and think of what to write is one of your terrible renditions of ‘Galway Girl’. The changing rooms will never be the same again.

    On the pitch you were a star and I respected you so much. You got me as much as anyone I’ve played with.

    And off it, I don’t exaggerate when I say you were one of the most genuine blokes I’ve ever met. What you saw was what you got and I bloody loved you for it!

    Then there was the country music… After joining everyone else in lambasting my control of the speakers, you really cracked me up when you quietly asked if I could send you the playlist. Looking back at our messages yesterday, the scrolls of country songs you’d sent that you were playing on repeat, really put a smile on my face!

    I will miss that cheeky smile ridiculously when I look around our midfield. You’ll always been in our thoughts, forever Belsize’s 10.

    Niv x

  60. An absolute pleasure to know you and a delight to watch you pull strings on a rugby field. A cannon of a left foot and a heart of gold.

    You will be missed my friend.

  61. Whilst his character was an exceptional testament to his family; his camaraderie and friendship were outstanding assets to our club. On the pitch, he played 10. Off the pitch, he was always a 10 out of 10.

    Belsize Park and The Huxtable family are at a loss today but, have also gained enormously by having been part of Hux’s life.

    We are richer for it. We are better for it.

  62. Huxie, you were a fantastic teammate, a great character and generally a complete joy to be around. You will be sorely missed by all.

    That last game for Belsize vs HAC was one of your best. Some big hits going in and so much heart.

    My last memory will always be of you legging it over 30 yards to me as I got in the cab home and gave me a massive hug goodnight. I’m completely distraught mate.

    RIP,
    Liebs
    X

  63. Difficult to explain the loss myself and the club are feeling for such a great rugby player, gentleman and all round beautiful person. He was always the life and soul of the team and it was a pleasure to watch him play for the club. His cheeky smile will be missed and will never be forgotten. We can’t imagine the grief that family and friends are going through to have lost someone so suddenly and at such a young age, but please know that Belsize will always be there for you and he will always be part of our hearts.

    RIP Hux.

  64. Every time we take to the pitch you’ll be there with us mate, everytime we socialise you’ll be there with us.

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