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Fans call for memorial statue for Kevin Beattie to be built at Portman Road

PUBLISHED: 07:38 17 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:11 18 September 2018

Kevin Beattie playing for Ipswich Town agains Bohemians of Prague in October 1980 Picture: ARCHIVE

Kevin Beattie playing for Ipswich Town agains Bohemians of Prague in October 1980 Picture: ARCHIVE

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Ipswich Town fans have been calling for a statue of Kevin Beattie to be built as a memorial to the club legend who died yesterday.

Beattie, who was regularly described as Town’s greatest ever player, died yesterday morning, aged 64, of a suspected heart attack.

The news has been met with an outpouring of tributes from fans, former colleagues and renowned players from across the football world.

MORE: Tributes flood in after Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie dies aged 64

Among the tributes, have been a number of calls for a memorial statue to be built outside Portman Road, near to the statue of Sir Bobby Robson.

A Facebook page called “Give Kevin Beattie a Statue at Portman Road” had been liked by nearly 200 people by this morning.

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

Fans supporting the calls, described Beattie as a “class act” a “top notch player” and “phenomenal”.

MORE: Fans react to the death of Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie

Elsewhere, on Twitter, there have been calls for other memorials.

Twitter account Superfrans said “maybe the Kevin Beattie Training Centre at Playford Road, as our greatest ever youth product”?

Ipswich Town FC announced there will be minute’s applause before Tuesday’s game against Brentford at Portman Road to remember Beattie following his sad passing.

Fans are calling for a memorial Kevin Beattie to be built at Portman Road, where Sir Bobby Robson already has a statue Picture: LUCY TAYLORFans are calling for a memorial Kevin Beattie to be built at Portman Road, where Sir Bobby Robson already has a statue Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

MORE: ‘He was a powerhouse’ – Ipswich legend Kevin Beattie dies aged 64

Beattie joined club in July 1971 and played for the club for 10 years.

He picked up accolades including 1973-74 PFA Young Player of the Year, won the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981.

Sir Bobby Robson once described him as the best England player he had ever seen.

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy broke the news of Beattie’s death on Twitter.

Kevin Beattie with his Tractor Boys sticker Picture: SIMON PARKERKevin Beattie with his Tractor Boys sticker Picture: SIMON PARKER

“To say I’m devastated is an understatement, I will miss him terribly,” he said.

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