Ray Kennedy – Liverpool FC Legend

Born in 1951 Ray Kennedy didn’t have the greatest of starts to his football career, after signing for Port Vale at the age of sixteen he was later released and he began working ข่าวลิเวอร์พูล in a factory while playing amateur football for a local team.

Kennedy’s talents didn’t go unnoticed for long, and he was later signed by Arsenal where he went on to establish himself as a regular first team player and was part of the Arsenal team that won the League title and FA Cup double in 1971, in total he made 212 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 71 goals for the club.

Ray Kennedy signed for Liverpool for £180,000 on July 12, 1974, but his signing was completely overshadowed at the time by the news that Bill Shankly would stand down as Liverpool manager, a decision that shook the football world.

Beginning the 1974-75 season as a striker, he never quite lived up to the great expectations Liverpool had become accustomed to, scoring a total of five goals from twenty five matches during his first season playing for the reds.

The following season manager Bob Paisley made the decision to switch Kennedy to the left of midfield, this was seen by many as a master-stroke, he went on to make the position his own as Liverpool went onto win the league Title and the UEFA Cup during the 1975-76 season.

Over the next five years Ray Kennedy was part of the team that dominated both domestic and European football, missing only five league games during that time, he also went onto play twenty times for England, as many felt his international appearances were long overdue.

Kennedy was renowned for his surging runs from midfield to set up goal scoring opportunities, and he scored a total of seventy-two goals for Liverpool in all competitions. As well as his own goals, he set up many more for his team mates as Liverpool enjoyed their most successful era in their history.

One of the most remembered goals that Kennedy scored was against German side Bayern Munich in the European Cup semi-final, a goal which ensured Liverpool reached their third European Cup final in five years.

After securing his sixth League Title medal with Liverpool in 1982, Ray Kennedy signed for Swansea City enjoying a short spell before signing for Hartlepool, due to illness Kennedy was forced to retire from football in 1984, and he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1985, and despite his failing health he has become an ambassador to promote awareness of the disease.

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