Born 28th July 1951 - Seaton Delaval
Games 381 with 3 Sub appearances scoring 72 goals
Honours - 3 European Cups, 5 League Championships, 1 League Cup, 1 UEFA Cup, 17 England Caps
One of the most complete midfielders ever to play for Liverpool who sadly suffers from Parkinsons disease today. Kennedy was signed by Bill Shankly on his final day as manager from Arsenal. Ray played as a centre forward for Arsenal and was part of their double winning team back in 1970-71. He cost the reds £180,000 in the summer of 74 just short of his 23rd birthday.
Bob Paisley took over for the reds and played Kennedy in his usual striking role ahead of John Toshack. He managed a short run in the team and scored his fair share of goals but the move that followed transformed his career. Late in the 1974-75 season Paisley decided to move Kennedy into a left midfield role and the rest is hostory. The move allowed Keegan and Toshack to partner one another up front and Kennedy to ably assist and supply some killer balls to them. He was relatively under rated in some peoples books as he was a player who didn't run to the limelight but got on with his job in a very efficient way.
It was Kennedy though he scored some very important goals as wel as setting them up. Who can forget the 'supersub' goal against St Etienne - that pass came from Kennedy to ensure the reds won through to the semi final. In 1981 he scored a crucial winning goal away in Munich to secure a final place for the reds and of course it was his strike in the 1976 UEFA Cup final that helped the reds to their second lifting of the trophy.
He was finally eased out of the team in the early eighties and left the reds in December 1982 to join John Toshack at Swansea before later moving on to Hartlepool. Sadly he has been diagnosed as havng Parkinson's disease and in a very sad time was forced to sell his great medal haul. Kennedy was a superb player who brough great balance to the reds side and was one of the most complete team players a team could ever want.