Ray Kennedy, former Arsenal, Liverpool and England player, dies aged 70
- Kennedy played 17 times for England from 1976–1980
- He won five titles and three European Cups with Liverpool
The former Arsenal, Liverpool and England player Ray Kennedy has died aged 70. Kennedy won league titles at both clubs, three European Cups with Liverpool and 17 caps in an England career that lasted from 1976-80.
Kennedy played almost 600 club games in a distinguished career during which he won every major domestic honour and which ended with spells at Swansea and Hartlepool, a period as player-manager of the Cypriot club Pezoporikos and a stint with Ashington. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984.
Kennedy played as a forward for Arsenal, getting his debut in 1969 and making more than 200 appearances for the club, during which he won the Double in 1971, before moving to Liverpool in 1974.
Converted there to a left midfielder by Bob Paisley he won five league titles at Anfield and other trophies including a Uefa Cup and League Cup before leaving in 1981. He scored the pivotal away goal in the 1981 European Cup semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich.
Kennedy was given his England debut by Don Revie and appeared at the 1980 European Championship before retiring from international football a year later.
Liverpool said in a statement: “The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool FC are with Ray’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.”