Town legend Beattie in hospital

FORMER Ipswich Town ace Kevin Beattie was today recovering in hospital after his health took a turn for the worse.

FORMER Ipswich Town ace Kevin Beattie was today recovering in hospital after his health took a turn for the worse.

The ex-Blues and England defender is believed to have been treated by medics at Ipswich Hospital after suffering from pancreatitis.

Beattie, who has been voted Ipswich's all-time greatest player in polls, would have been at today's match between Town and Derby County had he been well.

The 54-year-old suffered with pancreatitis around 11 years ago.


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Beattie made more than 200 appearances for Ipswich during a distinguished ten-year career, as well as representing England on nine occasions.

He would have played for his country more regularly but his career was dogged by injury.

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The respect Ipswich fans have for Beattie is mirrored by his former manager Sir Bobby Robson, who famously referred to the Cumbrian-born star as the best English player he has ever seen.

Popular Beattie still lives in Ipswich and cares for his wife Maggie, who sufferes from multiple sclerosis.

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