Town legend tells of suicide bid
IPSWICH Town legend Kevin Beattie has revealed how he tried to commit suicide.Beattie, consistently voted the club's greatest-ever player, makes the shock confession in his new autobiography, entitled The Greatest Footballer England Never Had.
By Mel Henderson
IPSWICH Town legend Kevin Beattie has revealed how he tried to commit suicide.
Beattie, consistently voted the club's greatest-ever player, makes the shock confession in his new autobiography, entitled The Greatest Footballer England Never Had.
He tells how he tried to end it all with a cocktail of vodka and sleeping pills, only to be foiled when a knock at his door signalled an unexpected visit from a friend.
You may also want to watch:
Beattie, 53, hit rock-bottom after an illustrious career - he helped Ipswich win the FA Cup in 1978 and collected nine England caps - was ended prematurely by injury.
In the book, Beattie says: “I thought that my wife and kids would be better off without me and that if I was gone they could have a better way of life.''
- 1 Cook discusses Chambers' future after captain dropped at Charlton
- 2 'It was a tiny step forwards' - Cook on 0-0 draw at Charlton
- 3 Matchday Live: Updates as Town travel to The Valley to face Charlton
- 4 Missing Stowmarket man, 49, found safe and well
- 5 Suffolk actress Helen McCrory dies following cancer battle
- 6 Shopper eschew Suffolk's smaller towns to hit Primark
- 7 Frustrated Suffolk farmer returns dumped items to householders
- 8 Suffolk-born Royal Ballet choreographer Liam Scarlett dies
- 9 Blues ratings: How Town players performed in the draw at Charlton
- 10 Saturday drinkers queue for post-lockdown pints
Sir Bobby Robson, his former manager, describes Beattie as the greatest-ever English-born footballer.
Still a Portman Road regular, Beattie now lives in an Ipswich council house with wife Maggie, who has multiple sclerosis, and gets by on Government handouts.
Full story, see Saturday's EADT.