‘I started to cry’: James Beattie recalls the moment he was sold to Southampton

James Beattie Southampton
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Having come through Blackburn Rovers' academy and making his debut for the first-team in October 1996 against Arsenal, James Beattie was understandably a little upset when the club sold him to Southampton in the summer of 1998. 

Valued at £1 million, Beattie had no choice but to move to the south coast, with Kevin Davies moving in the opposite direction. 

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.