Liverpool FC is mourning legendary former player Ray Kennedy, who has passed away at the age of 70. Ray Kennedy was an English footballer who played for top clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool. He was with the Gunners for 6 seasons before he switched to Liverpool in 1974. Kennedy flourished during his time at Anfield and he accomplished a lot of success. Playing for the Reds, Kennedy won 11 trophies with Liverpool. After spending eight splendid years with the Reds, Ray moved to Swansea City and that was followed by a couple of other club switches before he resigned in 1984.
Ray Kennedy Net Worth
Ray Kennedy back in time was one of the richest football players & listed as the most popular football player. Ray Kennedy’s net worth is approximately $1.5 Million.
Ray Kennedy was born on 28th July 1951 in Northumberland to Martin and Veronica Kennedy. His father was a coal miner by occupation and his mother was a housewife. He is the eldest among his 4 other siblings – Trevor, Michael, and Janet. His football career was first noticed by a scout at Port Vale. He helped him train at Vale Park after the manager Stanley Matthews came to Kennedy’s home to persuade his parents to allow him to play football.
However, Matthews felt that Kennedy is too slow to become a Footballer and said he was too clumsy. However groundsman Dennis Dawson felt he was the only player who had the potential to make a big break. Unfortunately, he was released by the club saying that he cannot become a professional Footballer.
Ray Kennedy Wife
Kennedy married a woman named Jennifer. However, their marriage didn’t end on good terms. Jennifer left him in 1987 after he allegedly punched and kicked her down the stairs of their family home. This situation ended their 15-year long relationship. However, they had 2 children together named Cara and Dale.
A Liverpool legend Ray Kennedy made 393 appearances for the Reds between 1974 and 1981, scoring 72 goals. He won five First Division titles, three European Cups, the UEFA Cup, the League Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup during his hugely successful Anfield career.
He started his career with Arsenal and later joined Liverpool, Kennedy was playing as a striker for the club. However, a switch to the left side of midfield proved to be a masterstroke and he quickly became an important player in Paisley’s trophy-winning machine.
His second season with the club ended in First Division and UEFA Cup victory and, over the next five campaigns, Kennedy would miss just five league matches as three more top-flight titles followed. Further European glory was also earned, with Kennedy starting all three finals as Liverpool won the European Cup in 1977, 1978, and 1981.
He had scored the decisive away goal as Paisley’s team beat Bayern Munich in the semi-final of the 1981 tournament. Kennedy left Anfield to join Swansea City in January 1982 but, having played enough games in the first half of that season to qualify, received another championship medal as the Reds won the First Division again.
Ray Kennedy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease by a specialist on 4 November 1984. He permitted his image to be used to promote a public campaign to increase awareness of the disease. His involvement in the Parkinson’s Disease Society led to him meeting his childhood hero Muhammad Ali. Kennedy remained a favorite amongst Liverpool supporters decades after leaving the club and was voted in at No.25 on the 2013 poll ‘100 Players Who Shook The Kop’. He died on 30 November 2021.