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Ipswich Town honour legend Kevin Beattie on emotional night at Portman Road

PUBLISHED: 20:20 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 20:38 18 September 2018

Former teammates during the minutes applause for Kevin Beattie ahead of the match.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Former teammates during the minutes applause for Kevin Beattie ahead of the match. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Ipswich Town’s players, staff, fans and legends paid an emotional tribute to the late, great, Kevin Beattie prior to kick-off of this evening’s clash with Brentford.

Ipswich Town fans honour Kevin Beattie before kick-off against Brentford.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMIpswich Town fans honour Kevin Beattie before kick-off against Brentford. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Beattie, voted the club’s greatest player on multiple occasions, passed away on Sunday after suffering a suspected heart attack. He was 64.

Tributes have flooded in from the world of football since his death, with the Portman Road flags flown at half mast and messages left around the stadium.

Many of his former team-mates, including George Burley, Terry Butcher, Allan Hunter, John Wark and Mick Mills, were in attendance on an emotional night at Portman Road while the current Town side wore black armbands in tribute to a club legend.

Beattie’s family were the club’s guests of honour for the evening, with members of the family leading the teams out after his former team-mates had paraded his famous number six jersey as part of their own tribute.

Prior to kick-off a minute’s applause was held as both teams gathered around the centre circle, with Portman Road first falling silent before erupting with the sound of hands clapping.

‘There’s only one Kevin Beattie’ rang out from the North Stand, where a banner in his memory was unfurled, with others following suit soon after before the action began.

Town fans applaud for Kevin Beattie on six minutes.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMTown fans applaud for Kevin Beattie on six minutes. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

The applause and chants began again after six minutes, in recognition of Beattie’s shirt number.

Beattie was part of Sir Bobby Robson’s great Ipswich Town sides of the 1970s and 80s, which won the FA Cup and UEFA Cup, before his career was cruelly cut short by a knee injury.

He won nine England caps.

The number 6 shirt laid out on the Portman Road turf for Kevin Beattie before the game against Brentford on Tuesday night.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMThe number 6 shirt laid out on the Portman Road turf for Kevin Beattie before the game against Brentford on Tuesday night. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

The number six shirt is laid on on the pitch in memory of Kevin Beattie ahead of the Ipswich Town v Brentford match.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMThe number six shirt is laid on on the pitch in memory of Kevin Beattie ahead of the Ipswich Town v Brentford match. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

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