Former Liverpool and Arsenal legend Ray Kennedy passed away yesterday at the age of 70.
The former England international joined Liverpool in 1974 and spent eight trophy-laden years with the Merseyside. Unfortunately, he suffered from Parkinson’s disease after his playing career ended.
Kennedy made his professional debut with Arsenal, where he played as a striker from 1968 to1974, winning the title and two FA Cups before going to Liverpool for a club-record fee at that time.
Liverpool gave their tribute to their former legend
Liverpool FC is mourning legendary former player Ray Kennedy, who has passed away at the age of 70. The latter period of Kennedy’s career, and indeed the rest of his life, was affected by Parkinson’s disease. The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool FC are with Ray’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.
Kennedy made his switch to Liverpool on the same day as Bill Shankly quit as a manager.
Under Bob Paisley, he devised into a left-sided midfielder, winning five league titles, three European Cups, the UEFA Cup, and the League Cup during an eight-year stint with the highly successful Liverpool team of the 1970s.
In my view he was one of Liverpool’s greatest players and probably the most underrated
said Paisley in his autobiography during his time managing the England international.
Ray Kennedy: truly a Liverpool & Arsena legend
Ray Kennedy was one of the greatest players of all time for both Liverpool and Arsenal. Kennedy made progress through the Highbury academy system and scored 32 goals in 70 games for the Gunners, helping them win the title and cup double in 1971.
In 369 games, he scored 67 goals and made 31 assists for the Reds (stats via Transfermarkt). His crucial away goal against Bayern Munich in the 1981 European Cup semi-final second leg was a lasting memory.
Kennedy, who also played for Swansea City and Hartlepool United before hanging his boots in 1985, earned 17 England caps and competed in Euro 1980.
Later that year, he sold his medals and 17 England caps to help fund his medical care. Truly a legend, Rest In Peace Ray.