Tribute from one Town legend to another
John Wark has hailed Kevin Beattie as the best player at Town in his time at the Club and good enough to get in any team in the world.
Beat sadly passed away today aged 64 and Town’s game against Brentford on Tuesday will include a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of the former Blue who has been voted the Club’s best ever player by the supporters.
“It was right Beat is at the top of the supporters’ poll as well,” Warky told the Club website.
“I was privileged to be just behind him in the vote and I was also privileged to play with him.
“He was the best player at the Club in my time there. He had the lot - strength; pace; he was the best in the air; he could hammer a ball. We called him ‘monster’ and that is what he was - a monster of a player.
“His partnership with Big Al [Allan Hunter] was as good as anything in the game. I started at Ipswich as a centre-half and I looked at those two, particularly Beat and I thought I’m never going to get a game here!
“I’ve just come back from Dublin and was talking to the Man United and Liverpool boys [veterans teams] over there and I was saying that Beat was as good if not better than any player they had.
“He was right up there at the top and could have played for any team at home or abroad.
“A lot of the players we had at Ipswich moved on to bigger clubs but if injuries had not got to Beat, he would have been the one that went first and for the most money.
“Beat was Beat though. He was daft as a brush. Bobby [Robson] would let him get away with loads of stuff because he knew what he was like and how good he was.
“He should have won a lot more England caps than he did as well [nine]. Injuries stopped that but they played him out of position at left-back. He should have been in the middle. There was no one better.
“It’s a sad day and my condolences go out to his family.”