Dick Beattie

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Dick Beattie
Personal information
Full name Richard Scott Beattie[1][2]
Date of birth (1936-10-24)24 October 1936
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 15 August 1990(1990-08-15) (aged 53)
Place of death Old Kilpatrick, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1954–1955 Duntocher Hibernian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1959 Celtic 114 (0)
1959–1962 Portsmouth 122 (0)
1962–1963 Peterborough United 10 (0)
1963–1964 St Mirren 34 (0)
1964 Brechin City 1 (0)
Total 281 (0)
National team
1957 Scottish League XI[3] 1 (0)
1957–1958 Scotland under-23[4] 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Richard Scott "Dick" Beattie (24 October 1936 – 15 August 1990) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper in both the Scottish and English football leagues. A Scotland under-23 international, who appeared in three major finals with Celtic in his early career, he was later imprisoned after being found guilty of involvement in the British betting scandal of 1964, and banned from football for life, aged 27.


Beattie signed for Celtic in September 1954, however he spent the 1954–55 season playing at Junior level for Duntocher Hibernian. His spell at Duntocher was a successful one with the club reaching the final of the Scottish Junior Cup in 1955, losing to Kilsyth Rangers after a replay [5] and Beattie was also capped for the Scotland Junior international side.[6]

His competitive debut for Celtic came on 3 September 1955 in a Scottish League Cup tie against Falkirk and this first season would end with a maiden Senior final appearance, Celtic losing 3–1 to Hearts in the Scottish Cup. It was in the League Cup however that Beattie would enjoy his greatest success. Victory over Partick Thistle after a replay in the 1956 Scottish League Cup Final earned him his first winners medal. The following season saw a career highlight as Celtic defeated city rivals Rangers, 7–1 in the 1957 Scottish League Cup Final.

In August 1959, Beattie moved to England, joining Portsmouth of the Football League Second Division. A fan of horse-racing, he often wore a jockey's cap. Pompey were relegated at the end of the 1960–61 season while in that year's FA Cup, Beattie was involved in a controversial incident when a bad mistake in a third round tie against Peterborough United gifted the opponents the lead. He went on to sign for Peterborough in 1962 however after only 10 games, including another controversially error strewn performance in a league match versus QPR,[7] Beattie returned to Scotland and joined St Mirren in January 1963.[8]

Dick Beattie established himself as the first choice keeper at Love Street but in April 1964, a story broke in the Sunday People newspaper which would end his career, exposing a match fixing operation which became known as the British betting scandal of 1964. The ringleader, a fellow Scotsman and ex-professional footballer Jimmy Gauld, sold his story and his taped evidence incriminated himself, Beattie and eight other players. At the trial in Nottingham, Beattie received a nine-month prison sentence and was subsequently banned from football for life. On release from prison, he began a new life working in the shipyards.[9]

Playing honours[edit]



  1. ^ "Dick Beattie". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  2. ^ London Hearts
  3. ^ "Dick Beattie". Londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dick Beattie". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  5. ^ McGlone, David; McLure, Bill (1987). The Juniors - 100 Years. A Centenary History of Scottish Junior Football. Mainstream. p. 101. ISBN 1-85158-060-3. 
  6. ^ McGlone, David; McLure, Bill (1987). The Juniors - 100 Years. A Centenary History of Scottish Junior Football. Mainstream. p. 180. ISBN 1-85158-060-3. 
  7. ^ http://almaxp.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/the-absolute-game-revisited-part-29/
  8. ^ Stmirren.info
  9. ^ TheCelticWiki

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