Ray Kennedy was one of Liverpool’s greatest players during the club’s most successful times. Born on July 28, 1951, in Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, Kennedy’s time at Anfield started in 1974 when Bill Shankly signed him from Arsenal.
Initially a forward at Arsenal, Shankly saw potential in converting Kennedy into a midfielder. This decision proved to be a masterstroke as Kennedy’s versatility, intelligence, and technical prowess made him an integral part of Liverpool’s dominance during the 1970s and early 1980s. He became known for his composed presence on the ball, excellent passing ability, and a keen eye for goal.
Kennedy’s partnership with fellow midfielder Terry McDermott was instrumental in Liverpool’s continued success during this period. Together, they formed a dynamic duo in the heart of the team, winning numerous domestic and European titles, including four English First Division titles, two European Cups, one UEFA Cup, and an FA Cup.
During his seven-year stint at Anfield, Kennedy amassed 51 goals for the Reds, regularly contributing vital strikes from midfield.
In 1982, Kennedy moved to Swansea City before eventually retiring in 1985 due to recurring injuries, brought on by Parkinson’s disease. His time at Liverpool had come to an end, but his legacy as one of the club’s most important players remained intact.
Even after his playing days, Kennedy remained a beloved figure within the Liverpool community, forever remembered for his crucial role in the club’s golden era.
His Parkinson’s disease got worse in later years and Kennedy sadly died on 30 November 2021, at the age of 70.