|Six Was the Best|
Written by SpiritOfJohn on Saturday, 22nd Sep 2018 09:52
When Kevin Beattie's book, The Beat, was published in 1998 there were a few informal signing sessions arranged. As I was a schoolboy in the 70s, Kevin was a footballing hero of mine, so I thought I would brave the crowds and get in the queue for his autograph at Brannigan's in Ipswich. My Mum was also a big fan, so we decided to get there early and wait in line.
When we arrived we were surprised to notice there weren't many cars about and no queue outside the door. We walked in somewhat concerned we might have got the dates wrong, but sat at a table on his own, bar a few copies of his book, was the great man himself. We quickly joined him and got talking about his book, Bobby Robson, the players of the past, the current Ipswich team, his health, our journey into town and the weather.
After about 20 minutes of chat, somebody else came sheepishly through the door and we moved on to a nearby table. The Beat was soon off again with the same infectious enthusiasm he had shown us. He genuinely loved football, especially Ipswich Town, its players and its supporters.
I hope the club are able to do something by way of a lasting tribute to our greatest player.
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