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Ipswich fans honour club legend Kevin Beattie

Fans have honoured club legend Kevin Beattie. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ipswich Town supporters were out in force to honour club legend Kevin Beattie.

Fans voted Beattie, who died last September aged 64, as the club's most popular player of all time.

He loved Ipswich Town football Club. He was from Carlisle but he adopted the town and it became the love of his life.

– Brian Talbot, former player

Former teammates Brian Talbot, Paul Mariner and Eric Gates were special guests for the 'Night to Remember' fundraiser at Clacton's Royal Hotel last night (February 26).

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Talbot, who played alongside Beattie in the 1970s, says his status as Town fans' number one player was justified.

"He was so quick, he was so powerful, he was so natural," said Talbot. "But I think what people sometimes forget, was his desire to play for the club.

"He loved Ipswich Town football Club. He was from Carlisle but he adopted the town and it became the love of his life.

Fans voted Beattie the most popular player of all time. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Talbot added: "When he was playing here he couldn't have given any more and unfortunately injury took him too early. He didn't fulfill all the potential which he should've done in his career.

"But he just loved the football club and I think that's the one memory I have. His desire to play for the club."

Proceeds from the event are going to Beattie's widow. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Beattie's oldest daughter Emma also attended, as did sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn who's been commissioned to create a statue of Beattie. That's after a campaign launched by supporters called 'The Beat Goes On'.

Mr Hedges-Quinn created the statues of former Ipswich managers Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson which both stand outside the club's Portman Road stadium.

Proceeds from last night's event which was sponsored by the players' union, the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), are going to Beattie's widow Maggie who has multiple sclerosis.