Our pictures of football legend Kevin Beattie

Kevin Beattie with his Tractor Boys sticker Picture: SIMON PARKER

Kevin Beattie with his Tractor Boys sticker Picture: SIMON PARKER

Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie has passed away at the age of 64 - we have put together a gallery of our memories of him.

(L-R) Ipswich Town's Kevin Beattie and Clive Woods celebrate their 3-0 victory against West Bromwich

(L-R) Ipswich Town's Kevin Beattie and Clive Woods celebrate their 3-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion Picture: PA PHOTOS/ - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

The footballer joined Ipswich Town Football Club in July 1971 as a defender and stayed with the club for 10 years.

In that time he was the 1973-74 PFA Young Player of the Year, won the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981.

(L-R) Allan Hunter, Kevin Beattie, Robin Turner and Clive Woods celebrate reaching the FA Cup Final.

(L-R) Allan Hunter, Kevin Beattie, Robin Turner and Clive Woods celebrate reaching the FA Cup Final. Picture: OWEN HINES/ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The star also earned nine caps for England between 1975 and 1977, Sir Bobby Robson described him as the best England player he had ever seen.

At the age of 28 Kevin Beattie retired due to an injury however he later returned to play for north Essex clubs Colchester United, Clacton Town and Harwich & Parkeston.

Kevin Beattie wins a towering header against Hartlepool in the FA Cup in 1978. Picture: OWEN HINES/A

Kevin Beattie wins a towering header against Hartlepool in the FA Cup in 1978. Picture: OWEN HINES/ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Kevin Beattie was regularly voted Ipswich Town’s greatest ever player.

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Kevin Beattie and former team mate Alan Brazil. Picture: JAMIE NIBLOCK

Kevin Beattie and former team mate Alan Brazil. Picture: JAMIE NIBLOCK

Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie. Picture: OWEN HINES

Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie. Picture: OWEN HINES

A young Kieron Dyer and Kevin Beattie. Picture: DAVID KINDRED

A young Kieron Dyer and Kevin Beattie. Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Kevin Beattie has sadly passed away at 64. Picture: ARCHANT

Kevin Beattie has sadly passed away at 64. Picture: ARCHANT

Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Ipswich businessman Duncan Foster and Kevin Beattie are pictured at Portman Road with the England ca

Ipswich businessman Duncan Foster and Kevin Beattie are pictured at Portman Road with the England cap donated for the Bobby Robson auction. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

Ipswich businessman Duncan Foster and Kevin Beattie are pictured at Portman Road with the England ca

Ipswich businessman Duncan Foster and Kevin Beattie are pictured at Portman Road with the England cap donated for the Bobby Robson auction. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

Ipswich businessman Duncan Foster and Kevin Beattie are pictured at Portman Road with the England ca

Ipswich businessman Duncan Foster and Kevin Beattie are pictured at Portman Road with the England cap donated for the Bobby Robson auction. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

Kevin Beattie, who has died aged 64 Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Kevin Beattie, who has died aged 64 Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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L-R Mark Lomas, Kevin Beattie, Phil Bloss (former Colchester United player)
in 2010. Picture:

. L-R Mark Lomas, Kevin Beattie, Phil Bloss (former Colchester United player) in 2010. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ipswich Town legend Beattie at a World Cup charity event launch at Bar Sportica Picture: SARAH LUCY

Ipswich Town legend Beattie at a World Cup charity event launch at Bar Sportica Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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