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

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BEATTIE TRIBUTES

GEORGE BURLEY

“We used to nickname him ‘the monster’. He had phenomenal pace, was the hardest tackler I ever saw and could jump higher than anyone.

“Without all those injuries he would have been England centre-half for years and years.

“He’s a happy-go-lucky guy with a big heart who would help anybody.”

RUSSELL OSMAN

“When I arrived at the club as a schoolboy in 1974/75 I immediately realised what a phenomenal player he was.

“He was quicker than anyone else, stronger than anyone else, could jump higher than anyone else and hit a ball harder than anyone else. He was unbelievable.”

DAVID SHEEPSHANKS

“With due deference to the many other great players who have graced the Ipswich Town badge over the years, I think Kevin has to go down as the greatest of them all.

“Those of us who are old enough to have seen him play can count ourselves lucky. It’s hard to explain to younger fans just how good he was.

“My abiding image is of him coming off the bench in a European match against Bohemians Prague and, with his first touch, hitting a 30-yard free-kick so hard past the goalkeeper that it virtually wedged itself in the top left stanchion. It was one of those spine-tingling moments that lasts with you forever.”

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.

“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.

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.

15 comments

  • Should have got 100 England caps easy.....the goal he scored at Wembley was some goal for a defender.

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    Supernova6

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Don't forget now fellas, ignore the Moron.

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    tel

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Kingy didn't think you were old enough.........but what a player. Those who saw Beattie play will acknowledge that from a standing jump he was fantastic, without injury he would have been a world beater. Good luck to him.

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    Joseph Marshall

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Danny Heagan better than Muhren Tyssen, ITS JUST A JOKE.

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    chantry boy

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • I am one of the lucky ones who watched the beat play.What a player.

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    Kingy

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Is this the same person who got done for signing-on the dole while working?...

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    Chris Ward

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Brings back memories of Beattie at his unstoppable best. Not sure if that's a good thing.

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    Ken Hairy

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • A truely remarkable player. My favourite goal was the one he scored against West Ham at the end of the 7475 season. Went right through the Hammers defence and unleashed an unstoppable shot from about 25 yards out. Some consolation for losing that FA cup semi-final replay at the Bridge.

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    Ian Williams

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Trouble with this gesture is that no real Town fans will be at the game..... and it makes one wonder what these mega-supporters did to mark his 40th and 50th birthdays... in other words this is merely an over the top but well meaning response to some glib PR. Also I am not sure that all those lucky enough to have seen him consider Beattie Town's best ever player. On most criteria, Mick MIlls who played three times as many games and captained his country at the World Cup would be a far more obvious choice from teams of the same era....without making the stretch to the likes of Crawford and Baxter who were great Town players in two different eras...whereas those who started supporting Town in the mid-60s will of course know the true greatest ever Town player is in fact Danny Hegan.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Ron Greenwood as England manager was not the most voluble of men. He was reserved in his manner & praise for individuals. However when he witnessed Beatties first training session he went on record as saying 'I swear he jumped 10 foot into the air & headed the ball 50 yards' !!!! We used to see that every week as a matter of course. He made Roy Keane & Patrick Viera look like Mother Theresa & the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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    Old Timer

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Yes Chris a good mate of mark Murphy who is due to devote most of his Saturday show to him ,a big turn off ,

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    pandy

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • I have seen most of them Crawford, Phillips, Baxter. Mr Beattie was the best of them, raw talent who terrified all his opponents. We knew on a Saturday if Mr Beattie was unfortunately injured that Town would be at a disadvantage. You could hear the crowd groan if he was not playing. Enjoy your 60th sir and thanks for the memories on the field. COYB

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    Wolfnight

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • He was one of the greats of the past, that is why we can never forget the past.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • i have a photograph of Kevin Beattie shaking hands with Roy Orbison,signed by both legends, (copy given to the Beat) , two people that gave me many memories from the Seventies. Kevin Beattie the finest footballer ever at ITFC,

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    richard procter

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Ian,and also the ref,a certain Clive Thomas was a disgrace.

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    brisie58

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

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