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27 May 2014

Moaning Shearer, a greyhound on the treatment table and so much more. It's the first part of an Ipswich Player interview with kit man Paul Beesley

Through the summer Ipswich Player will feature in-depth interviews with the backroom boys at Portman Road. 

First up, it’s popular kitman Paul Beesley, who recalls his crazy days at Sheffield United, ‘moaning’ Alan Shearer and why Town’s point at Blackburn left grown men in tears. 

Paul started his career at Wigan and went on to play for Sheffield United in the Premier League. Leeds and Manchester City are also clubs on his CV and in all, he played more than 500 first-team games in League football. 

“I never saw so many grown men crying as there was in our dressing-room when we got relegated from the Premier League at Sheffield United,” Bees tells Steve Pearce in the first of a two part interview. 

“We were up until the last minute. Ipswich would have gone down I think. They were drawing at Blackburn but then Mark Stein scored against us [for Chelsea] and that was us gone. It was fate.

“We had some characters at Sheffield United, under Harry Bassett. There was one day when Billy Whitehurst brought in his greyhound, told the players to get off the treatment table and ordered the physio Derek French to treat the dog. Harry walked in and said ‘what’s going on here, we’ve got a big game on Tuesday’. ‘This dog has got a big race on Monday’ was Billy’s response. Harry just shook his head and walked out.”

Bees played against the best strikers around in his days in the top flight, so who did he rate as the best? 

“Alan Shearer. I played against him when he was a young lad, 20 or something. He never stopped moaning to the ref, even at that age but you could see the quality he had.”

Subscribers to Ipswich Player can watch the first part of the 20 minute interview with Bees now. Part Two will be out on Thursday. You won’t want to miss it.

For behind the scenes interviews, access all areas footage, live commentary from every Town game home and away, highlights from every match and the inside word on all things Blue, Ipswich Player is the place for you. Check it out here

Picture: Bees on left with fellow Town kitmen Dick Parker and Ken Goody

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