Ipswich Town: Let’s give Kevin Beattie a 60th birthday tribute to remember

Kevin Beattie

Kevin Beattie

Let’s give Kevin Beattie, Ipswich Town’s greatest player, a rip-roaring 60th birthday tribute at Portman Road on Saturday.

We’re calling for the whole crowd to give Beattie a minute’s applause, in the 60th minute, to recognise his landmark birthday, which he celebrated earlier this week.

Beattie will be at the game against Watford, and a tribute from Town fans will be the best possible birthday gift – it will mean a huge amount to him.

The idea was launched on Twitter last night, and has already been enthusiastically welcomed by many Town supporters.

EADT/Star editor Terry Hunt, a Town fan of 45 years who watched Beattie play, said: “This is the perfect opportunity to show The Beat just how much he still means to us. Town supporters have regularly voted him our best-ever player, and those of us lucky enough to have seen him in action agree 100pc with that.


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“As we all know, his career was cut short by injury, and he’s had a few ups and downs since being forced to retire, but he has settled in Ipswich and still takes a passionate interest in the fortunes of his beloved Blues. Let’s show him how much we still love him.’’

We’re asking all Town fans at the game to join in – and please help us to promote the idea. Use #Beattie60 on Twitter.

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There will be a special 60th birthday tribute to Beattie on Mark Murphy’s Life’s A Pitch show on BBC Radio Suffolk on Saturday.

Mark will be joined by Beattie’s former team-mates Alan Brazil, Eric Gates, Arnold Muhren and Franz Thijssen, who will pay their own personal tributes to Ipswich Town’s greatest-ever player.

Life’s A Pitch is on BBC Radio Suffolk between noon and 2pm on Saturday.

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