Great news for greatest player

KEVIN Beattie is one of the greatest players - many say THE greatest - to ever wear an Ipswich Town shirt.However his whole-hearted approach to the game meant he was always vulnerable to injury and this meant that he missed out on one of the greatest successes enjoyed by the club.

KEVIN Beattie is one of the greatest players - many say THE greatest - to ever wear an Ipswich Town shirt.

However his whole-hearted approach to the game meant he was always vulnerable to injury and this meant that he missed out on one of the greatest successes enjoyed by the club.

After playing throughout the 1980/81 campaign, he missed the two-legged UEFA Cup final because of an injury suffered in the FA Cup semi-final and that meant he missed out on a medal.

It's taken 27 years to right this wrong, but at long last and after the intervention of UEFA President Michel Platini Kevin now has the medal all his efforts deserve.

That is just one piece of good news with a football twist.

As the fundraising efforts for the Somebody's Daughter appeal continue, a new way of raising money is launched today - you can show your support for the appeal and your favourite football club by wearing your team's shirt to work on April 11.

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On that day businesses across the area should be turned into a sea of blue - although those who misguidedly follow another team can also join in.

Anyone with the courage to wear a yellow shirt with a green crest will have to pay a little extra . . . a small price to pay for the entertainment they will provide to their colleagues.

AS THE Tory leaders of the county council prepare for what they hope will be the rubber-stamping of their decision to appoint Andrea Hill as the new chief executive, their backbenchers might like to consider the public fury the proposal has prompted.

People in Suffolk struggling to make ends meet in the toughest economic climate for almost two decades are finding it increasingly difficult to understand why it is necessary to pay the new chief £220,000 a year - a sum described by one opposition leader as “obscene.”

In a poll on our website, nearly 90 per cent of visitors said the sum could not be justified.

There is also concern that the new chief might not actually live in the county - preferring to commute from her Cambridge home.

That would be unacceptable for such an important county - the chief executive needs to live in Suffolk so she can react quickly if a crisis hits the county.

There are many questions that remain to be answered before she will be accepted as chief of the county's largest employer - questions that cannot be overlooked by a small group of men and women who will have to consider her appointment next week.

FOR years Suffolk's development has been hamstrung, if not held back, by the lack of a university attracting students from across the country.

Now that has changed with the first people enrolling in UCS last September - and the project has now taken a massive step forward with the topping out of the new Waterfront campus.

Later this year students and teachers will start using the impressive new building, and really put Ipswich and Suffolk on the further education map for the first time.

Everyone in the town and county will unite in wishing them well.

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