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Kevin Beattie (18 December 1953 – 16 September 2018) was an English footballer. Born into poverty, he played at both professional and international levels, mostly as a centre-half. He spent the majority of his playing career at Ipswich Town, with whom he won both the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup. He was named the inaugural Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year at the end of the 1972–73 season. He suffered a variety of injuries, and his playing career included some controversy, such as when he went missing when selected for England's under-23 team. After retiring from playing, he descended into alcohol abuse before finding a new career in later life as a football commentator on television and radio. Beattie has been called Ipswich Town's best ever player by many pundits and polls. Former Ipswich (and later England) manager Bobby Robson called him the best England player he had seen. (Full article...)

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