|Full name Thomas Kevin Beattie|
1971–1972 Ipswich Town
Height 1.78 m
Place of birth Carlisle, England
Name Kevin Beattie
|Date of birth (1953-12-18) 18 December 1953 (age 61)|
Similar People Mick Mills, John Wark, Allan Hunter, Russell Osman, Trevor Whymark
Thomas Kevin Beattie (born 18 December 1953) is an English former footballer, who played at both professional and international levels as a central defender.
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Born in Carlisle, Beattie joined Ipswich Town in July 1971, making his senior debut in August 1972. At Ipswich, Beattie was the 1973–74 PFA Young Player of the Year (the very first winner of the award), and he also won the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981. He received his 1981 UEFA Cup winners medal in 2008, following a petition organised by Rob Finch, the ghostwriter of Beattie's autobiography, after he had missed the final due to injury.
He retired due to injury in December 1981, but later returned to play for Colchester United, Middlesbrough, Harwich & Parkeston, Sandvikens IF, Kongsberg IF, Nybergsund IL-Trysil and Clacton Town.
He also earned nine caps for the England national team between 1975 and 1977. He was once described by Bobby Robson as the best England player he had ever seen.
In May 2012, Beattie was convicted of benefit fraud, and given a 12-week curfew. He later apologised and described it as a "silly mistake."