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Tributes paid to Gloucester City cup hero George

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 21, 2012

  • The Gloucester City 1955/56 Southern League Cup winning side. George Beattie is third from left in second row.

  • The 1955/56 team in 2006. George Beattie is second from left, Phil Warren is far left

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GEORGE Beattie, one of the heroes of Gloucester City's Southern League Cup success of 1956, has died aged 86.

The skilful inside forward enjoyed two spells with the Tigers either side of spells with Newport County and Bradford Park avenue, scoring 43 goals in 115 appearances for the club.

He died peacefully in his sleep at home in Newport on Saturday, March 10 and is survived by Iris, his wife of 60 years. Phil Warren, a former chairman of the Gloucester City Supporters Trust, explained that Beattie would be remembered as one of the great players to have represented the club.

"George was a wonderful inside forward with the club and a member of the team that beat Yeovil Town in the 1955-56 Southern League Cup final," Warren said.

"That was a most remarkable two-legged game in which Gloucester City recovered from 5-1 down to win 6-5."

The Southern League Cup success came at the end of Beattie's second spell with the club, who he initially joined from Southampton in 1948.

After three successful seasons in Gloucester Beattie joined Newport County, where he later went on to meet and marry Iris.

After a short spell with Bradford Park Avenue and Tonbridge Beattie relocated to Gloucester in time for the Southern League Cup success before moving into management in the local non-League scene.

Warren said: "When the family re-located to Gloucester George took up management with Dursley and Cinderford.

"His son, Andrew, was born in Gloucester and became a prominent non-league player.

"After retiring from the game, Andrew found a career in football with the Welsh F.A. and is today a football development officer in Monmouthshire.

"George continued to play football when he and his wife moved to her home town of Newport, playing for Ebbw Vale, and locally.

"Though he became involved with the coal industry, his interest in football was still sustained through his administration of parks pitches.

"He really had returned to the grass roots of the game. He spoke very fondly about football with his seven-year-old great grandson, a goalkeeper."

Beattie's funeral will take place at St Woolos Cathedral in his home town of Newport next Monday, March 26.

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