Ray Kennedy, former Arsenal, Liverpool and England player, dies aged 70

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, with his debut in 1969 followed by more than 200 appearances for the club, during which he won the Double in 1971, before moving to Liverpool in 1974.

Ray Kennedy in action for Arsenal against Newcastle in January 1973
Ray Kennedy in action for Arsenal against Newcastle in January 1973. Photograph: Trinity Mirror/Mirrorpix/Alamy

Converted there to a left midfielder by Bob Paisley, he won five league titles at Anfield and other trophies including a Uefa Cup and a League Cup before leaving in the summer of 1981. Earlier that year he had scored the pivotal away goal in the 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 under Ron Greenwood 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.”

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