Ray Kennedy Biography Ray Kennedy Wiki
Former Arsenal, Liverpool and England footballer Ray Kennedy has died of Parkinson’s disease at the age of 70 after a long battle.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) November 30, 2021
As a member of the Arsenal team, which won the First Division Double and the FA Cup in 1971, Kennedy enjoyed astonishing success at Anfield.
With Liverpool, the midfielder won five other league titles and three European Cups as part of his vintage team in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Legendary coach Bob Paisley described him as “one of Liverpool’s greatest players and probably the most underrated”.
Kennedy won 17 caps for England, but Trevor Brooking was never able to usurp in the team and withdrew from the international game in 1981.
He was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when he was a player at Hartlepool at the dawn of his career and struggled with the disease for the rest of his life.
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge tweeted, “Another great ex-LFC star has passed away, Ray Kennedy, what a player and lovable guy who had Parkinson’s disease for most of his life Has. He will definitely never go alone. RIP-Ray. ‘
On hearing the news, ex-Liverpool defender Phil Thompson tweeted, “More sad news with Ray’s death, what a great player and such a wonderful team-mate RIP-mate YNWA.”
Former Danish international and Liverpool player Jan Molby also tweeted: “RIP Ray Kennedy // Maestro #LFC #Legend”
Arsenal fan and television personality Piers Morgan wrote: “RIP Ray Kennedy. The two-time Arsenal star in 1971 and one of my first football heroes.
“I’ve played for Liverpool and England. Fought a long and brave battle against Parkinson’s disease. Very sad news. ‘
Kennedy spent seven and a half years at Anfield, playing 393 games for the club, scoring 72 goals.
He arrived from Arsenal in 1974 but it coincided the same day Bill Shankly confirmed his departure from Liverpool.
Kennedy ended his Liverpool career with five league titles, three European cups, a UEFA Cup, a European Super Cup and a League Cup.
Kennedy thrived as a converted midfielder under Paisley before leaving Anfield to work at Swansea, Hartlepool and Pezoporikos of Cyprus before being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in November 1986.
Kennedy’s death comes just two months after Liverpool mourned legendary striker Roger Hunt after he died at the age of 83.
Hunt, 1966 World Champion with England, established himself as one of the greatest strikers of all time in Liverpool.
In March, another Liverpool grandmaster, Ian St. John, died at the age of 82 after a battle with an illness.
St. John won two First Division titles under Shankly in Anfield in 1963-64 and 1965-66, scoring the winner in the 1965 FA Cup Final.