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KEVIN BEATTIE

16 September 2018

Legend passes away - Town to pay tribute to the number one Blue

Town legend Kevin Beattie has passed away at the age of 64.

Beat arrived at Portman Road as a 15-year-old and progressed through the youth ranks, making his debut against Manchester United in 1972.

He went on to make 296 appearances for the Club, scoring 32 goals before injury ended his time at the Club in December 1981.

The defender also made a handful of appearances for Middlesbrough and Colchester and had a spell playing in Sweden and Norway.

Sir Bobby Robson hailed him as England’s best defender but injury restricted him to just nine caps for his country.

He was in the Town side that won the FA Cup in 1978 and was later awarded a UEFA Cup winners medal despite missing the final through injury.

Crowned the PFA Young Player of the Year in 1973/74, he has consistently finished at the top of supporters’ polls as Ipswich Town’s top player of all time.

There will be a minute’s applause before Tuesday’s game against Brentford and the players will wear black armbands. There will also be a tribute to Beat in the matchday programme.

All at Ipswich Town send deepest condolences to Kevin’s family and friends.    


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