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Beattie Statue Campaign Hits Target
Tuesday, 27th Aug 2019 07:00

The Beat Goes On, the campaign to raise funds for a statue of Blues legend Kevin Beattie, has hit its target after only eight months, it can be announced today.

Former Town and England centre-half Beattie, widely viewed as the club's greatest ever player, died in September last year aged 64.

Led by the EADT and Ipswich Star in conjunction with BBC Radio Suffolk and TWTD, The Beat Goes On was launched on December 18th last year - what would have been Beattie’s 65th birthday - with the initial aim of raising £110,000.

Donations quickly flooded in from fans and a number of events - some organised by the committee but many instigated by fans - helped boost the coffers, while MC Contracts and Ridgeons are donating the plinth in kind.

The appeal was pushed past its target by a spate of donations over the last couple of weeks, including one fan’s remarkable pledge of £6,500.

Brad Jones, editor of the EADT and Ipswich Star, who chaired the committee, said: “The fact we’ve hit the target so quickly shows how much people want to see this happen.

“Thank you to everybody who has made a contribution - every penny has made a difference. Ipswich Town fans have once again proved their class. I must also thank the campaign team, who have done a brilliant job.

“We always felt it was appropriate for the fans to be the driving force behind it – and that’s been the case.

“We saw that in action only a few weeks ago when a collection outside the ground raised nearly £6,500, which was then matched by Marcus Evans.

“I can’t wait to see the statue in place, and every fan who contributed will be able to say they helped to make it happen.”

BBC Radio Suffolk’s Mark Murphy, a member of the committee, who has hosted many of the fundraising events, added: “I, like everyone, was devastated at the sudden death of the Beat. The day before he died I was broadcasting Life’s a Pitch on BBC Radio Suffolk with him and he seemed fine.

“Twenty-four hours later I received the news that he’d passed away, I was rocked to the core.

“A statue of him from the fans for the fans is a fitting tribute to our greatest ever Ipswich Town player.

“The fact that the fans have stumped up the cash so quickly is a testament to how much they loved him and I can tell you he loved them with equal measure. I think it’s brilliant news.”

TWTD editor Phil Ham, a committee member and fellow member of the Life’s a Pitch team, added: “Virtually all the cash raised - including some very substantial individual donations - has come from fans, which I think is fitting and illustrates how fondly Beat is remembered by Town supporters both locally and further afield. The statue is very much a ‘people’s project’.

“Similarly, lots of his old team-mates have played their part, appearing at events and helping to raise funds in tribute to the man most believe was the best player during the club’s greatest era.”

Blues season ticket holder Sean Hedges-Quinn, known as coach, is the man who has already begun work sculpting the statue having been behind those of Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson at Portman Road.

The statue will stand on Portman Road just along from Beattie’s mentor Robson towards Planet Blue.

A small contingency fund will be needed for the project, so events already planned will be taking place, including a Proper Golf Day featuring Town legends at Hintlesham Hall on Friday 13th September. Tickets are available from the Greshams Ipswich website.

Any surplus funds will be used in connection with the project, potentially on improved landscaping.

The Beat Goes On Committee
• Emma Harvey, Kevin’s daughter
• Terry Butcher, Ipswich Town legend
• Mark Murphy, BBC Radio Suffolk
• Brad Jones, editor EADT and Ipswich Star
• Mark Calver, owner MC Contracts and Greshams Ipswich
• Mick Parker, Greshams Ipswich and Parker Communications
• Mark Ramsay, Ipswich Town Supporters’ Club
• Colin Kreidewolf, Ipswich Town Independent Supporters’ Trust
• Phil Ham, editor TWTD website
• Steve Flory, Hudson Signs
• Duncan Foster, Ipswich businessman, associate director ITFC and custodian of Beat’s memorabilia
• Tim Edwards, partner Ipswich Town Heritage Society
• Elizabeth Edwards, director Ipswich Town plc and partner Ipswich Town Heritage Society

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BlueBoots added 07:04 - Aug 27
Great achievement, and can't wait to see the completed statue! COYB

Knightsy added 07:07 - Aug 27
Excellent News, Well done to everyone that organised this and donated money for The Beats Statue.

shouldistayorcounago added 07:11 - Aug 27
Really good news but placing an embargo on the story really let people get carried away.

Dissboyitfc added 07:25 - Aug 27
Great news, a massive well done to everyone who worked on the project and of course the wonderful fans of itfc!

BotesdaleBlue added 07:29 - Aug 27
Brilliant News.

Surely there cannot be many other clubs in the country (not least a relatively small town based club), with three statues outside of their ground to reflect great manangers and players of the past.

Everyone involved in organising this tribute and donating towards it's cost should be very proud of the part they have played. I can't wait to see it and I'm sure that goes for all Town fan's.

BlueRaider added 07:29 - Aug 27
Great news, but Mark Murphy needs to take a look at himself about over hyping this. Next time he embargoes a story no-one will tune in because it will probably be the turnstiles getting painted

STATMAN added 08:03 - Aug 27

dirtydingusmagee added 08:34 - Aug 27
great news, great effort, gfreat player, great bloke .

jas0999 added 09:03 - Aug 27
Good news, but why on Earth this news had an embargo is beyond me!

Bluearmy_81 added 09:41 - Aug 27
Good news, gutted though, I though maybe Evans had sold up and we were to be rid of him!!

TimmyH added 10:11 - Aug 27
Well done to all who contributed to this statue, can't wait to see it...

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 12:38 - Aug 27
Great effort by all concerned. TWTD!

BurleysGloryDays added 13:30 - Aug 27
Terrific News!

Well done, everyone. Pure class all round.

We'll get one for club legend George Burley one day, too.

ronnyd added 14:21 - Aug 27
Sheepy too BGD?

happybeingblue added 17:25 - Aug 27
lovely news to hear well done

CokeIsKey added 20:35 - Aug 27
Cheers sons crying, nice one.

ChrisFelix added 11:10 - Aug 28
Burleyglorydays. The next player to have a statue should be he who played the most games for the club. As well as playing more than 40 times & captaining the national side in a world cup

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