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Kevin Beattie
Full Name:
Thomas Kevin Beattie
Carlisle 18/12/1953

Club Honours:
FA Cup Winners Medal (1978)

International Honours:
9 Full England Caps

One of five brothers the "Beat" also has four sisters.
His father turned down the chance of playing for Aston Villa as goalkeeper.
Attended St Cuthbert's School, Carlisle, playing in the same school team as David Geddis who would later become a team mate at Portman Road.
Initially played as goalkeeper for his school side.
Prior to joining the Town Youth Side had a weeks trial at Liverpool.
Made youth team debut against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Became reserve side regular at just 16 years of age.
Played for the England Youth side and also gained 9 caps at Under-23 level.
Made first team debut at Old Trafford, as an 18 year old, in August 1972.
First ever recipient of the PFA Young Player of the Year award (1973).
Selected four years running in the First Division Team of the Year (1973-1976).
Rothman's Young Player of the Year (1973).
Capped by England on 9 occasions (2 as a substitute), scoring once, a total that would have been considerably higher but for a series of short and long term injuries.
Voted Town Player of the Year in 1973 and 1974.
Scored his one England goal against Scotland in a 5-1 win at Wembley in May, 1975.
Member of the Town side that defeated Arsenal at Wembley in the 1978 FA Cup Final.
Played for an England XI in Bill Shankly's Testimonial at Anfield.
Along with fellow Carlislians Robin Turner & David Geddis, was granted freedom of the City of Carlisle, following Town's FA Cup success.
Was understudy to Michael Caine in the 1981 movie Escape to Victory.
Between 1973 and 1981 he made a total of 296 full appearances for Town, and another 11 as substitute, scoring 32 goals.
His final Town appearance was against Manchester City in the 1981 FA Cup Semi-Final at Villa Park.
Joined Colchester United in July 1982, then managed by former defensive partner Allan Hunter, but played just three games for the Essex side.
His testimonial game against Dynamo Kiev in 1982 was attended by 14,500 who watched Town play out a 2-2 draw.
Signed by Malcolm Allison for Middlesbrough in November 1982.
Made 3 league appearances for the Teeside club.
After retiring from the Football League scene played a handful of games for Ipswich United in the Ipswich & Suffolk District League and Harwich & Parkeston in the Jewson League before joining pub side The Royal Oak for one season.
Joined Swedish Second Division side Sandviken where he was voted the club's Player of the Year.
Crossed the border into Norway where he joined Kongsberg IF.
Scored 60 goals in his first season with the Fourth Division side.
Next stop Nybergsund IL, of the Norwegian Second Division, for a further two seasons.
Returned to the UK where he played for, and briefly managed, Jewson League side Clacton Town.
Voted Greatest Ever Town Player in an Evening Star readers poll in 1993.
Has scouted for Portsmouth and Norwich City!
Now co-commentates Ipswich games for BBC Radio Suffolk.

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