VIDEO & GALLERY: Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie at 60

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
1:04 PM

Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie celebrates his 60th birthday today.

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Legendary Town and England figure, the late Sir Bobby Robson once described Beattie as the best England player he had ever seen, adding: “I can pay Kevin Beattie no greater compliment than to say he could have been as good as Duncan Edwards, the young Manchester United player killed in the Munich air disaster.”

“Nine caps. “He should have won 99 - heck, he should have been the most capped English player of all time,” Robson proclaimed.

Indeed, Beattie, who retired aged just 27, missed out on 1981 UEFA Cup glory against AZ 67 through injury but was a part of the 1978 FA Cup-winning team that defeated Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley.

He signed at Portman Road in 1971, received the 1973–74 PFA Young Player of the Year, and made 228 appearances for Town, scoring 24 goals.

Read Stuart Watson’s exclusive interview with “The Beat” online now.

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17 comments

  • Budgie, read "clever canaries" post it should all become clear!

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    threenewknees

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • clever budgie, do you mean speak English with a 'carrot munching' accent ?

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    Brian Betts

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • MRW, there are many more benefits cheats about who have never given the public anywhere near the pleasure that Kevin has. Take some medication for that disgusting bile you seem to suffer with.

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Thank you Kevin Beattie for some truly wonderful memories. It was my privilege to have watched you and the rest of that great team play for and under Bobby Robson. Thank you. The comments of Bidwolf hardly merit anything other than a quick flush down the toilet. However I would just say that his comment below simply exposes what an embittered, pathetic and sad figure he is and would also apparently show just how little knowledge of football he has. It would be better if he sought a therapist about this deep seated loathing he has for anything related to ITFC whatever the era.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Happy Birthday Kev. Many memories - good and bad. The banners reading "Beattie Walks On Water" as ref Clive Thomas disallows 2 perfectly good goals in the 2-1 FA Cup semi final defeat at Stamford Bridge - and your best Town goal in the 7-0 rout of West Brom

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    Bluemoses

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • shameful and pityfull? for gods sake you lot need to liven up!! you take offence to anything!! if you cant take a little banter on a website then dont bother logging on. Different when we were in league 1 though wasnt it....

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    clever budgie

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Canary boy it's ecstatic and yesteryear, ecstatic you should know as you seem to be that with everything Naarwich but yesteryear I can forgive as you've not had one!

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    threenewknees

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • 1p5wich fans will be estatic, they can all start dreaming of yesty year again, but have they ever stopped?

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    clever canary

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • I have a pretty recent memory of KB. I arrived at Portman Road to find that booklets commemorating Sir Bobby were being dished out. Like an idiot, I thought that they would be distributed inside the ground. Once inside, I discovered that I should have picked up the booklet outside. I went to the perimeter iron railings to speak to a steward who was standing outside and began to explain my dilemma. A voice then shouted out from just around the corner saying "You can have mine mate". I turned to where the voice had come from and KB appeared with the booklet, which he handed to me through the fence. Not just one of the greats on the pitch but a thoroughly decent bloke off it as well. Thanks Kev.

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    NB

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • brings back many great memories watching kevin.

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    david peters

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • A VERY HAPPY BRITHDAY TOYOU KEVIN.. I REMEMEBER YOU AND THAT GREAT TEAM WE HAD. (STAY HEALTHY)..

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    FINN.BLUE

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • "i can pay Kevin Beattie no greater compliment than to say he could have been as good as Duncan Edwards",Bobby Robson own words, Kevin Beattie happy birthday "THE Beat", thanks for the memories at Portman road in the seventies,playing in a squad of 16 players, and being pumped with pain killing injections so that you could play, I feel that was what bought around your short career. If you played today you would be valued at , i cannot imagine . There is no one in England currently that would keep you out of the England team . Also thank you that every time i approached you for an autograph, you always were happy to have a little chat, a gentleman . good luck mate

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    richard procter

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • With the rose-tinted glasses off it is clear that Beattie under-achieved to a startling degree....largely due to 'lifestyle issues' that the club were presumably negligent in not coming to terms with and effectively indulging a largely wasted talent. It is worth remembering that he was kept out of the England team on merit (and fitness) by that less-than-legendary collosus Colin Todd. However, memories of his heroic, all too brief career at the top are vivid...such as playing in short sleeves in Leipzig in sub-zero temperatures in short sleeves. I seem to recall he was a shadow of his former self by his very early 20s

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • I have many great memories of KB. If I had to pick one it would be the FA cup semi final with WBA. The week before the Albion had played here in the league & Beattie was injured. Hunter & Osman simply could not cope with Cyril Regis who bullied outpaced & outpowered them for a full 90 minutes - though we got a lucky 2-2 draw. We all knew that if Beatties was not fit for the semi final then Regis was likely to reek the same havoc. I remember standing on the terrraces at Highbury & breathing a sigh of relief when the team was announced - but slightly apprehensive when I saw him take the field with his knee heavily strappped. We needn't have worried - he put on a powerhouse display.The beast that was Regis was tamed - beaten in the air every time & hardly allowed a kick by a half fit KB. A true colossus - OK perhaps a shortened career but I never saw anybody get the better of him & if they did it was short lived. For example I remember him making a mistake against Sheffield United in another cup game - which allowed Tony Currie to score - who unfortunately made the mistake of mocking KB - & within a few minutes Beattie scored twice to make up for his error - & give us a 3-2 win. A true ITFC legend - we will not see his like again !!!!!

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • i dont get it threenewknees..... speak english please

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    clever budgie

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • THE ANTI POSTERS CALL IT HARMLESS BANTER .. BUT I SHALL CALL IT SHAMEFULL AND PITYFULL TO SAY THE LEAST ONE OF THE TRUELY GREATS THAT HAS TURNED OUT FOR OUR CLUB. ONCE AGAIN SIR A VERY HAPPY BRITHDAY TO YOU AND THANKS FOR THE MEMORY'S....

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    FINN.BLUE

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Very emotional memories. I always felt we had sixteen players on the pitch when Kevin was playing and what a nice guy too. Time was when I used to see him every morning "Mornin' mate" - yes Kevin you were a colossus and THOSE were the days. For once in this current age thank you EADT and Ray, this time, I thought you could have done better.

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    BlueArgyll

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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