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Ray Kennedy (born Northumberland, England, 28 July 1951) was a top footballer of the 1970s who won every domestic honour in the game with Arsenal and Liverpool. For other places with this name, see Northumberland (disambiguation) Northumberland is a ceremonial and administrative county in northern England. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... July 28 is the 209th day (210th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 156 days remaining. ... 1951 was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are a football club from north London, and are one of the most successful clubs in English football. ... Liverpool Football Club is an English football club and the most successful team ever to have played in the English league. ...

Kennedy trained as an apprentice with Port Vale but was told by manager Stanley Matthews at the age of 16 that he wasn't good enough to be a professional footballer. Accepting that a man who had once been England's greatest player was probably speaking the truth, Kennedy returned to his native north-east and started playing as an amateur and working in a sweet factory. If youre looking for the TV show, see The Apprentice. ... Nickname Valiants Ground Vale Park Manager Martin Foyle Chairman Bill Bratt Colours Home: White shirts, black shorts, white stockings, Away: All yellow, Third Kit: Two-tone blue, Best attendance 49768: vs Aston Villa 20 February 1960 FA Cup R5 Best league win 9 - 1: vs Chesterfield 24 September 1932 Division... Sir Stanley Matthews (February 1, 1915 - February 23, 2000) was a football player, often regarded as one of the greats of the English game. ... The word amateur has at least two connotations. ...

He was then spotted by a scout for Arsenal, who signed him in 1968. Two years later he made his first team debut as Arsenal progressed to the Fairs Cup final. As a substitute in the first leg, Kennedy scored a crucial goal which reduced a heavy deficit inflicted by opponents Anderlecht, and Arsenal completed the comeback in the second leg and won the competition. 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... UEFA Cup logo The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams. ... Anderlecht within the Brussels-Capital Region Anderlecht is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium. ...

The following year Kennedy was a regular fixture (he only missed one game in all competitions) in the Arsenal side which became only the second in the 20th century to win the coveted "double" of League championship and FA Cup. A tight, dramatic finale to the title race saw Kennedy score the only goal of the game against Arsenal's fiercest rivals Tottenham Hotspur to secure the title for the first time since 1948. Three days later, Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 to win the FA Cup. Kennedy didn't score in the final, but did end the season with an impressive 36 goals. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... FA Premier League logo The FA Premier League (which, for sponsorship reasons, is often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in the UK and the Barclays English Premier League internationally) is a league competiton for English football (soccer) clubs located at the top of the English football league system (above... The FA Cups trophy is also known as the FA Cup. ... Tottenham Hotspur is a North London football club, also known universally as Spurs or The Spurs and to their home fans as the Lilywhites because of their traditional white shirts. ... 1948 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...

Arsenal returned to Wembley to defend the FA Cup the following season but lost 1-0 to Leeds United. Kennedy had scored 26 goals during the season but was only named as a substitute for this final. For the next two seasons he played and scored consistently but Arsenal did not win a trophy. Old Wembley Stadium (1923-2000) New Wembley Stadium (2006) England captain Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet trophy. ... Leeds United F.C. is the only professional association football club in Leeds. ...

After the 1974 season ended, Kennedy was sold to Liverpool for 180,000 pounds. He turned out to be the last signing made by legendary Anfield manager Bill Shankly, who announced his retirement on the same day. 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... Anfield is a football stadium in the district of Anfield, in Liverpool, England. ... William Bill Shankly (September 2, 1914 - September 8, 1981) was one of the most successful and respected football managers. ...

Despite his ability as a striker, Kennedy's chances to play in his favoured centre forward role at Liverpool were restricted due to the presence of the prolific Kevin Keegan and John Toshack. Shankly's successor Bob Paisley, however, had other plans for Kennedy. Giving him the Number 5 shirt, Paisley converted the burly striker into a cultured attacking midfield player, based on the left flank, and Kennedy flourished in this role for the rest of the decade, also winning his first of 17 caps for England in this position. He never played as an orthodox centre forward again. Joseph Kevin Keegan, MBE (born 14 February 1951) is a former English football (soccer) coach and player. ... John Toshack (born 22 March 1949, Cardiff, Wales) is a Welsh football coach and former player, and current manager of the Wales national football team. ... Bob Paisley OBE (born 23 January 1919, Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham; died February 14, 1996) was an English football player and manager, best known as manager of the hugely successful Liverpool F.C. side of the 1970s. ... First International Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Largest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Northern Ireland; 18 February 1882) Worst defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 11 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First...

With Liverpool, Kennedy won the League title and UEFA Cup in 1976, scoring in the final of the latter, and came close to equalling his "double" achievements with Arsenal when in 1977 Liverpool ventured to Wembley for the FA Cup final having already regained their title. Victory over Manchester United would have enabled Kennedy to become the first player to win the "double" with two different clubs, but Liverpool lost the game 2-1. Kennedy nearly forced extra-time in the last minute when his long-range shot hit the crossbar. UEFA Cup logo The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams. ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ... Manchester United is an English football club, based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ...

With dreams of the traditional "double" gone, Liverpool went to Rome to contest their first European Cup final against Borussia Monchengladbach and won the game 3-1, earning Kennedy his third European honour. Kennedy and Liverpool retained the trophy the following year and again in 1981, while also winning the League twice more and their first League Cup. City motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (The Senate and the People of Rome) Founded 21 April 753 BC mythical, 1st millennium BC Region Latium Mayor Walter Veltroni (Democratici di Sinistra) Area  - City Proper  1290 km² Population  - City (2004)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 2,546,807 almost 4,000,000 1... Champions League Logo The UEFA Champions League is an annual international inter-club football competition between Europes most successful clubs, regarded as the most prestigious club trophy in the sport. ... Borussia Mönchengladbach is one of the most famous and most supported German soccer clubs. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ...

After the emergence of young midfielder Ronnie Whelan in 1982, Kennedy left Liverpool (having played enough games to guarantee a final title medal) to join the renaissance of Swansea City under his former team-mate Toshack, who had previously recruited fellow Liverpool legends Tommy Smith and Ian Callaghan. His spell there ended acrimoniously, with Toshack accusing Kennedy publicly of not trying, when the truth was that Parkinson's Disease was setting in. Kennedy tried to resume his career in his native north-east at Hartlepool United but his condition worsened and he was forced to retire in 1984 just before his 33rd birthday. His condition was finally confirmed by a specialist when he was 35. Ronnie Whelan (born Dublin, 25th September 1961) was a footballer who was an integral part of the dominant Liverpool side of the 1980s. ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Swansea City F.C. are a Welsh football team currently playing in the English Football League, specifically in Football League Two. ... Tommy Smith (born Liverpool, England, 5th April 1945) was a long-serving footballer with Liverpool, known for his uncompromising defensive style. ... Ian Callaghan (born Toxteth, Liverpool, April 10, 1942) was a footballer who holds the record for the most appearances for Liverpool. ... Hartlepool United F.C. is an English football team currently playing in Football League One. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... One with special training. ...

Kennedy's only work in football after he finished playing was a brief spell at Sunderland as a coach. He has spent the majority of life since retirement and diagnosis working towards publicising and raising funds for the research and treatment of Parkinson's. Arsenal and Liverpool played each other in a testimonial game in 1991 to raise money for the cause. Sunderland Association Football Club is a football club based in Sunderland, on Wearside in the North-East of England. ... Diagnosis (from the Greek words dia = by and gnosis = knowledge) is the process of identifying a disease by its signs, symptoms and results of various diagnostic procedures. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

To this day Kennedy lives a quiet, homebound life with decreased mobility and a dependency on drugs to control the discomfort of his condition. He had to sell his medals, caps, shirts and other memorabilia after falling on financially hard times.

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