Kevin Beattie

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Kevin Beattie
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Personal information
Full name Thomas Kevin Beattie
Date of birth (1953-12-18) 18 December 1953 (age 62)
Place of birth Carlisle, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
1971–1972 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1981 Ipswich Town 228 (24)
1982 Colchester United 4 (0)
1982–1983 Middlesbrough 4 (0)
Harwich & Parkeston
Sandvikens IF
Kongsberg IF
Nybergsund IL-Trysil
Clacton Town
Total 236 (24)
National team
1975–1977 England 9 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas Kevin Beattie (born 18 December 1953) is an English former footballer, who played at both professional and international levels as a central defender.


Born in Carlisle, Beattie joined Ipswich Town in July 1971, making his senior debut in August 1972.[1] At Ipswich, Beattie was the 1973–74 PFA Young Player of the Year (the very first winner of the award), and he also won the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981.[2] He received his 1981 UEFA Cup winners medal in 2008, following a petition organised by Rob Finch, the ghostwriter of Beattie's autobiography,[3] after he had missed the final due to injury.[4]

He retired due to injury in December 1981,[5] but later returned to play for Colchester United, Middlesbrough, Harwich & Parkeston, Sandvikens IF, Kongsberg IF, Nybergsund IL-Trysil and Clacton Town.[1][6]

He also earned nine caps for the England national team between 1975 and 1977.[7] He was once described by Bobby Robson as the best England player he had ever seen.[4]

After football[edit]

In May 2012, Beattie was convicted of benefit fraud, and given a 12-week curfew.[4] He later apologised and described it as a "silly mistake."[8]


  1. ^ a b "Profile". Pride of Anglia. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Profile". England Football Online. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Jon Colman (18 March 2008). "Beattie will pin on Euro medal – after 27 years". Carlisle News & Star. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ex-England and Ipswich Town player Kevin Beattie admits fraud". BBC News. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Profile". England FC. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Profile". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Kevin Beattie England profile at Englandstats
  8. ^ "Ex Ipswich Town player Kevin Beattie sorry for benefits 'mistake'". BBC News. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  • Finch, Rob. The Greatest Footballer England Never Had: The Kevin Beattie Story. Cult Figure Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9554884-0-5.