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3 December 2021

Unveiling on legend's birthday

The statue of Town legend Kevin Beattie will be unveiled in Portman Road on Saturday, 18 December - on what would have been his 68th birthday.

Town fans are invited to join the unveiling, which will take place between 9.30am and 11am, with the actual unveiling of the statue expected to happen at around 10.15am.

Confirmation of the date comes as finishing touches are made to the statue, which has been funded following a huge community effort from supporters.  

The ceremony will be attended by Beattie's family and former teammates, as well as sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn, and those who have helped make the project happen.

Credit: Archant

BBC Radio Suffolk's Mark Murphy will host a live outside broadcast from 9.30am on 18 December, and will also be the master of ceremonies.

The FanZone will open at an earlier time of 10.45am for the Sunderland match to allow supporters to visit the FanZone after the unveiling. More details on the FanZone offering will follow.

The event will end at 11am to avoid potential disruption to the Sunderland match later that day. Road closures will be in place in Portman Road and Alderman Road for safety reasons, and people are advised to find alternative places to park if driving into the town centre.

Portman Road Car Park C will only be accessible from Friars Bridge Road.

Beattie will stand in Portman Road, diagonally opposite Planet Blue, on land provided by Ipswich Borough Council. The council has commissioned the statue, and has played a key role in bringing the project to fruition, with funding supplied through the campaign.

The Beat has often been voted as the club's greatest-ever player.

He 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 greatest player of all time.

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