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Thanks a lot, Pals, says Beat

PUBLISHED: 14:05 13 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH Town legend, now running his own team in the town, has attacked a nightclub which threw out 40 of his players – AFTER they had paid hundreds of pounds for a meal.

AN IPSWICH Town legend, now running his own team in the town, has attacked a nightclub which threw out forty of his players – AFTER they had paid hundreds of pounds for a meal.

Ex-England international Kevin Beattie had taken his SophtLogic (please check I couldn't find it anywhere) team to Pals nightclub at the Buttermarket for an end-of-season celebration and prize-giving.

In their first season the team had clinched the Division Four title of Licence Trade Division and had won promotion.

They arrived to their pre-booked table at around 7pm, enjoying a few drinks before sitting down to a tasty three-course meal. The Evening Star even dropped by to take some pictures.

However, when that concluded at around 10pm, the time when clubbers enter the premises to enjoy a night out until 1am, the squad, as well as managers, directors, wives and girlfriends, were turfed out. Staff told them that two of the players were underage and they all had to leave.

But Kevin said they were not so hesitant in taking the cheque from the squad and that they had sat in the bar for over two and a half hours.

"I thought it was completely ridiculous," he said. "We were all having a good time. We had had some drinks, sat down to a nice meal. I had given out the awards to players and a few speeches were made and everyone was enjoying themselves.

"We all planned to make a night of it and stay at the bar until it closes at 1am, but then we were all chucked out. It really did ruin the night.

"I could have understood it if we had turned up somewhere and they had said before the meal and drinks that some were underage. That way we wouldn't have handed over any money.

"They were quite happy throughout the night seeing us drink and eat and have a good time, but literally seconds after they had got the cheque of us out we were.

"I was very angry but with respect to my players, no-one caused a fuss. We just left because nobody wanted a scene."

But Deputy Manager at Pal's, Andrew Burford denied that everyone was asked to leave and said he was sorry that Mr Beattie felt so aggrieved.

Mr Burford said: "The party did have two people who were over 18, but were under our age limit of 21.

"They were allowed to finish their meals because we actually have a licence that admits children into the restaurant, but we turn into a nightclub at 8pm. "As we have three floors it would have been very hard to keep track of them.

"I did apologise to them at the time but at no point were the rest of the party asked to leave."

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