Ray Kennedy, former Arsenal, Liverpool and England player, dies aged 70 | Soccer

Former Arsenal, Liverpool and England player Ray Kennedy has died at the age of 70. Kennedy won league titles for both clubs, three European Cups with Liverpool and 17 caps in England’s 1976-1980 campaign.

Kennedy played nearly 600 games for the club in a distinguished career in which he won every major domestic honor and ended with spells at Swansea and Hartlepool, a stint as manager of Cypriot club Bezoporicos and a stint with Ashington. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984.

Kennedy played as a striker for Arsenal, with his debut in 1969 followed by more than 200 club appearances, during which he won the double in 1971, before moving to Liverpool in 1974.

Ray Kennedy at Arsenal vs Newcastle in January 1973
Ray Kennedy at Arsenal vs Newcastle in January 1973. Photo: Trinity Mirror/MirrorPix/Alami

Converted into a left midfielder by Bob Paisley, he won five league titles at Anfield and other titles including the European Cup and League Cup before leaving in the summer of 1981. Earlier that year, he scored the pivotal away goal in the European Cup Europe. The semi-final second leg match against Bayern Munich.

Kennedy had his England debut by Don Rivi and appeared at the 1980 European Championships under Ron Greenwood before retiring from international football a year later.

“The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool are with Ray’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time,” Liverpool said in a statement.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge paid tribute to Kennedy’s memory, tweeting: “Another great Liverpool star has passed away. Ray Kennedy what a beautiful player and man who has suffered so much from Parkinson’s disease most of his life. He definitely won’t walk alone. RIP Ray Inoua.” , Phil Thompson, saying: “More sad news with the passing of Ray, what a fantastic player and great teammate RIP Pal YNWA.”

Kennedy scored three goals for England, making his debut against Wales in March 1976. A tweet from the national team account wrote: “We are deeply saddened to learn that Ray Kennedy has passed away at the age of 70. Ray won 17. Hats for the Three Lions Between 1976 and 1980, I scored three times. All our thoughts go to his family, friends and former clubs.”

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