Ray Kennedy (1951 - 30 November 2021)
Ray had Parkinson's for at least 40 years.
hailing from the north east Ray was a 1971 double winning striker at Arsenal before before joining Liverpool in 1974 as the final signing of Bill Shankly who resigned shortly after.
a lack of opportunities up front led to Ray switching to left midfield with great success and by the time he left Anfield in 1982 he won 3 European Cups , a UEFA Cup and 5 more League titles.
however Ray was rarely selected for England earning just 17 caps.
a move to Swansea in 1982 went surprisingly poorly and Parkinson's was diagnosed.
after football Ray had a tough life. He was a self confessed abusive huband and his long suffering wife left. Ray was left needing help from charity and sometimes suffered extreme side affects from heavy medication. Liverpool team mate Jimmy Case remained his closest friend from football.
Ray's most important goal for Liverpool was v Bayern in the second leg of the 1981 European Cup Final
which put an injury hit LFC 1-0 up in the tie with just minutes left @8:25.
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