Star profile: Ray Kennedy

July 9, 1977
It’s fair to say that the relationship between Ray Kennedy and Liverpool has been one of the footballing success stories of the decade. Liverpool have been the making of Kennedy and in many ways, the big Geordie has been the making of Liverpool’s remarkable success over the past two years.

He arrived from Arsenal at Anfield on July 13, 1974, the day that Bill Shankly resigned, as an out and out striker. His reputation was built on a goal-scoring partnership with John Radford which helped bring the League championship and FA Cup double to Highbury in 1971.

But at 22, he was 14st. 12lb. and needed to lose weight. He had scored only 12 goals in 37 appearances and didn’t seem to be settling in well at Liverpool by October, 1975, when there was speculation that he would be moving to Wolverhampton for around £120,000.

Manager Bob Paisley stayed patient, though, as the player gradually lost weight and eventually he was switched to a midfield role – with amazing success. He has become such a classy midfield player, he won England caps in that role.

At the same time, his own game is more thoughful and intelligent and as he relishes his new position, his influence on the team has been a steadying one.

Kennedy is married and lives at Ainsdale.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: July 9, 1977; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited


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