Raymond Kennedy was born 28 July 1951. He was part of our double winning team of 1970/71 playing alongside Radford.
His first bizarre “honour” came when he was rejected by Stanley Matthews, when he was manager at Port Vale as an apprentice. He was told at the age of 16 that he was “too slow to be a footballer”. He returned to the north-east, played amateur football and worked in a sweet factory before being spotted two years later by an Arsenal scout.
He signed that year and one year later (29 September 1969) he played his first game for Arsenal in the Inter Cities Fairs Cup. In the first leg of the final of the Cup he scored the away goal in the 3-1 defeat.
The following season with Charlie George injured he played every game except one in the FA Cup, League and Fairs Cup, and scored the goal that won the league at White Hart Lane for the first time. That season with 27 goals he was the top scorer as he was the following season with 19 goals.
|Season||Lge Games||Lge Goals||Achievements|
|1969/70||2 + 2 sub||1||Won Euro Fairs Cup|
|1970/71||41||19||Won League and Cup|
|1971/72||37||12||FA Cup finalists|
|1972/73||34||9||League runners cup|
|Total||156 + 2||53|
Now at this point my notes have a gap. Why did he leave the club that had rescued him from oblivion. It is said in some articles that he was clearly running out of steam and was overweight, and so Mee decided to break up the Double winning side.
In the summer of 1974, Kennedy was sold to Liverpool for £180,000. He was a significant success there, so Mee got it wrong, if his view was that Kennedy was finished. Liverpool transferred him to being a midfielder, and he was a success. Just look at his appearance level in the league for his final season at Arsenal – a full house.
After he finished playing football he worked as a coach for Sunderland but was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and has not worked since. Arsenal and Liverpool played a testimonial game at Highbury in 1991 to raise money for research into Parkinson’s.
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