Kevin Beattie "Greatest CB since Duncan Edwards & Bobby Moore" Englands lost colossus

Kevin Beattie "Greatest CB since Duncan Edwards & Bobby Moore" Englands lost colossus


“George Best aside, I rate Kevin Beattie as the best player these islands produced in 25 years.
George was special, as were Bobby Charlton and Denis Law from the same era.
Duncan Edwards was colossal, strong and a destroyer, but Beattie had pace as well. He just had pure natural ability” -Sir Bobby Robson

“I can pay Kevin Beattie no greater compliment than to say he could have been as good as Duncan Edwards, the young Manchester United player killed in the Munich air disaster.
I had the privilege to play with Duncan; my first game for England against France was his last before the terrible events of February 1958.
I also had the misfortune to play against him.
Too often all you could do was admire him as he steamed past like an express train.” – Sir Bobby Robson

Robson quickly took to referring to Beattie as “Diamond” in recognition of his gifts although I prefer the nickname the player later earned in football generally, “Tank”.

A boy in a man’s body, Kevin Beattie was quick, strong, tackled like an ox, was good in the air, comfortable with the ball at his feet and was dangerous going forward. In short, he had everything.
He could easily have made it as a midfielder but his talents were best suited to defence, sometimes at left back but mainly at centre half.

Robson had seen his like before. Duncan Edwards was not a name the former England international would throw around lightly, having grown up as a contemporary and international team mate of the undoubted star of Manchester United’s Busby Babes, but he could not help but make the comparison, so much of Edwards did he see in Beattie.

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