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Ex-England and Ipswich Town player Kevin Beattie dies


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Kevin Beattie, pictured in 1974, played nine times for England

Former England and Ipswich Town footballer Kevin Beattie has died of a suspected heart attack aged 64.

Beattie played for Ipswich Town during their most successful spell and was widely regarded as one of the club’s greatest players.

His manager at Ipswich, Sir Bobby Robson, described the defender as the best English player he had ever seen.

He died at home early on Sunday, the day after broadcasting live for BBC Radio Suffolk.

Beattie was PFA Young Player of the Year, an FA Cup and Uefa Cup winner and won nine caps for England.

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Ipswich legend Beattie still lived in the town

His career was dogged by injury and all but ended at the age of 28, when he left Ipswich.

Thirty years later he was living in a council-owned bungalow in Wren Avenue in Ipswich, where he cared for his wife who has multiple sclerosis.

On Saturday, Beattie appeared in the BBC Radio Suffolk studio for his regular slot on the Life’s a Pitch show.

Presenter Mark Murphy introduced him, as ever, as the “legend in residence”.

“To say I’m devastated is an understatement,” said Mr Murphy.

“He was on fine form on Saturday lunchtime.”

In 2012, he pleaded guilty to falsely claiming almost £9,000 by failing to declare he worked for the radio station as a pundit.

He was given a 12-week curfew and and electronic tag apologised to fans at the time for making a “silly mistake”.



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