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Alan Kennedy

After being an FA Cup final loser against Liverpool in 1974, the ex-Newcastle full-back went on to win a hatful of honours with the Reds.

He was signed for £330,000 in 1978, which at the time was a British record amount for a full back, as the replacement for the hugely popular Joey Jones.

Kennedy could have had a difficult time winning over the Anfield faithful, but his speed, bravery and direct approach were much appreciated by Liverpool fans, who quickly gave him the nickname ‘Barney Rubble’.

Kennedy was a stalwart of the team that conceded just 16 League goals in the 1978/79 season. As well as his abilities at the back he possessed an attacking instinct that brought a series of crucial goals, most notably the European Cup winning goal against Real Madrid in the 1981 final.

Three years later it was his penalty goal that won the Reds the 1984 European Cup final against Roma.

Despite his consistent form for Liverpool, he only won two England caps and left to join Sunderland in 1985.

After he hung up his boots professionally, Kennedy went on to captain the Liverpool Masters 5-a-Side team and appeared in charity Legends matches. He continues to work with the club in hospitality and also as a TV pundit.


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