For Ray Kennedy – Tales of a Travelling Kop

ray-kennedy-european-cup.jpgA new book has been published that would be well worth buying in its own right, but with very important good causes set to benefit from the proceeds, it’s something that all Reds should try and find the money to buy.

Liverpool’s success over the years has seen them travel a good few miles and always accompanied by the banner-carrying, song-singing, good-humoured travelling supporters. The Kop is famous as Liverpool’s 12th man, but when a subset of that legendary body goes to show its support for the team it is often just as famous, and always just as important.

The book is a selection of tales provided by some of those travelling fans of some of the club’s most famous days and nights. It’s sure to be a book that will bring some of your own memories of your own travels to watch the club, or perhaps if you’re not in a position to travel for games yourself it will help you to get a greater feel for what it was like to be there as Liverpool collected silverware on their way to being the most successful club in English football history.

ray-of-hope.jpgThe good causes are Parkinson’s Disease Society and the Ray of Hope Appeal. Liverpool legend Ray Kennedy suffers from Parkinson’s disease, and unfortunately even had to sell his medals to see him through the difficult times he’s had. He genuinely appreciates all the good wishes he gets from supporters who recognise how important he was to us, and how much of a part he’s played in our history. The Ray of Hope Appeal has been set up to help Ray.

A lot of effort is now being put into supporting Ray, if you’d like to help then please contact them. They’ve a FaceBook profile you can add yourself to and contact them through, or you can email them –

One up and coming event is to take place on February 23rd, after the home game against Middlesbrough, when one of the suites at Anfield will be used for a fundraiser for Ray. Details are still being confirmed, but it’s hoped that local musicians will provide some of the entertainment, alongside some of the ex-players who are well-liked for their after-dinner speeches. It promises to be a good night, and will be of great help to Ray. It’s being organised by RAOTL.

As well as all that though of course is this new book, which will benefit Ray and give you something to read and no doubt some tales you’ll enjoy sharing with your own friends, perhaps some blues who’ve forgotten what winning cups is all about.

This is the official write-up on the book, including a link to enable you to buy it:

tales-travelling-kop.jpgBeing released to coincide with the official start of Liverpool’s coronation as European Capital of Culture, ‘Tales From The Travelling Kop‘ is a compilation of supporters’ experiences at Liverpool away games over the past four decades.

Six European Cup finals, two FA Cup finals, one UEFA Cup final, two league title clinchers, one League Cup final and several other stories about some of the most memorable games from Liverpool’s illustrious past – including the 1st Division decider against Wolves at Molyneux in 1976, the club’s first European Cup triumph in 1977 and many more.

Available from the Walton Breck Road website from Saturday 12th January 2008, with all proceeds from the sale of the book going to the Parkinson’s Disease Society and the Ray of Hope Appeal, set up to help former Red Ray Kennedy who is battling Parkinson’s.

Tales From The Travelling Kop‘ costs £18 and is a must for any Red.