Ray Kennedy, a former Arsenal, Liverpool, and English national football player, has died at the age of 70 after a long illness.
Former England international Ray Kennedy has died at the age of 70. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 35 years. He had spent most of his career with Liverpool.
Kennedy was a striker for the Arsenal team that won two titles in 1971 and won the European City Championship the year before. Liverpool bought him for £ 200,000 in 1974 and he was then the most expensive player in the club’s history.
(ats) Ray Kennedy made 393 appearances for the Reds between 1974 and 1981, scoring 72 goals. He began his career as a striker at Arsenal, with whom he had made the double Cup Championship in 1971 and scored 71 goals in 212 games.
At Liverpool, Bob Paisley made him a midfielder, with Kennedy playing a key role in the team’s triumph over the next few years. In eight years, Kennedy has won five English titles and three European titles with Liverpool. He then earned a place in the English national team and played 17 national games between 1976 and 1980.
Kennedy joined Swansea City, a rookie in the top division, in 1982 and played there for the second half of the season but then ended his career in England at Hartlepool in the D-division.
He later played for Pezoporiko’s coach in Cyprus, but in 1984 Kennedy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at just 33 years of age. However, he received training in the first years after, but has struggled with both physical and mental illness for the past three decades.
Kennedy played a total of 498 league games in England during his career, of which 472 were in the top division, scoring 109 goals, of which 104 in the top division.