Kevin Beattie, regularly voted Ipswich Town's greatest ever player, died suddenly in September 2018 at the age of 64.
He was the complete footballer, who brought joy to Blues' fans in the 1970s and early 80s.
Now, the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, along with BBC Radio Suffolk and the TWTD Ipswich Town website, are spearheading a campaign for a statue in his honour.
The campaign, called ‘The Beat Goes On’, wants to raise a total of £110,000 which would cover the cost of the statue and all associated work.
Potential locations are still under discussion, but our intention is it will be placed in Portman Road, close to the existing statues of Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey.
The sculptor of those, Sean Hedges Quinn, has been commissioned for this statue too.We think this would be a wonderful way of immortalising Ipswich Town’s greatest player.
Kevin’s family are on the campaign committee and behind the campaign, as is club legend Terry Butcher.
Brad Jones, editor of the EADT and Ipswich Star, and who is heading the committee, has created this page.
All the money donated will pay for:
- The cost of designing, sculpting and bronzing the statue, and associated works
- The cost of the plinth and any planning applications required
The quotes we have received put this total cost at £110,000.