Letter: Kevin Beattie obituary

first_imgKevin Beattie very much regretted not receiving a medal for Ipswich’s Uefa Cup final win in 1981. He had played in most of the earlier rounds and was an instrumental figure in dumping the much-fancied St Étienne side, containing Michel Platini, out of the competition 7-2 on aggregate.By the time the final came, Kevin was not even allowed on the bench, as he had broken his arm in an FA Cup semi-final – a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City, a few days earlier. Because he was wearing a cast, rules dictated that he was not permitted to sit on the bench, so he never got a medal, as only the starting XI plus substitutes qualified. Kevin Beattie obituary Share on Pinterest Listening to Kevin’s sadness about those circumstances as I worked on a biography of him (The Greatest Footballer England Never Had – the Kevin Beattie Story), I started a petition to get him a medal. Eventually this led to Kevin receiving a medal at half-time during the 2008 Uefa Cup final. Platini, by then president of Uefa, made the presentation.It was a terrific night and Platini and Kevin spoke for quite a while afterwards. It was clear that he had great respect for Kevin, as well as for the Ipswich side of that era. It was a nice interlude in what was an often difficult life. Share on WhatsApp Read more Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Ipswich Town Topics Share on Messenger letterslast_img

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