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Ipswich Town: Kevin Beattie statue fundraising nears total

The design of the statue in honour of Kevin Beattie Image copyright Sean Hedges-Quinn
Image caption Sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn has designed the statue of Kevin Beattie

Fundraising for a statue of Ipswich Town footballer Kevin Beattie is tantalisingly close to its target.

The central defender, voted Ipswich's greatest-ever player, died from a heart attack in September, aged 64.

More than £6,000 was raised by fans at the team's match against Sunderland on Saturday and is being matched by the Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans.

An anonymous £5,000 donation on Monday means the campaign is less than £5,000 away from the £110,000 target.

The fundraising campaign, called The Beat Goes On, was started in December by BBC Radio Suffolk, where Beattie was a regular on-air contributor, in conjunction with local newspapers and the TWTD website.

Fans contributed £6,448 to the cause on Saturday through a bucket collection that Marcus Evans promised to match.

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Media captionIpswich Town rename bar after club legend Kevin Beattie

Since Friday, the campaign has also had £5,430 in donations on their fundraising website page including £5,000 from a mystery donor.

Ipswich Star and East Anglian Daily Times (EADT) editor Brad Jones said the weekend's fundraising showed how much passion there was to see the statue built.

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Image caption Beattie was known for his aerial ability and strong left foot

Sean Hedges-Quinn was commissioned to design the bronze statue to be positioned outside Ipswich's Portman Road stadium - near the sculptor's existing statues of Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson, who both managed Ipswich and England.

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