A Liverpool legend is struggling with his health, and having come from a time in football when the trappings were far more modest than they are today, has even had to resort to selling his prized medals.
Ray Kennedy was signed for Liverpool by Bill Shankly for £180,000, but arrived on the day that the enigmatic Scotsman resigned. Bob Paisley took over the manager’s job of course, and converted Ray from striker to winger, where he excelled for the club. By the time his Liverpool career was over he’d scored 72 goals in 393 games. One of those was scored in the semi-final of the 1981 European Cup, a goal that helped Liverpool towards their third triumph in the competition.
What wasn’t known at the time was that Kennedy was playing with the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, a debilitating condition that was starting to have a physical impact on him. Now the illness has seriously impacted on his life. It can cause shaking, slowness of movement, rigidity, muffled speech and depression.
Ray’s not been forgotten by Reds fans or by his old team-mates, and various efforts are constantly being made to support the former Arsenal player. A Ray Kennedy day is being talked about, to take place at the Emirates next time the two sides meet.
Another way of getting behind Ray is to make a bid for one of these shirts on eBay. Ray has signed them, as has Jimmy Case, and the organisers will be able to get more signatures added on request. They are even offering the possibility of the shirt being presented to the successful bidder by a former Reds player, although not Ray due to his poor health.
For more details on the shirts or to buy a print signed by 13 players please contact Retro Reds Memorabilia.
100% of the sales will go to a very good cause.
Please bid now to help generate more interest, and pass this information onto other Reds.
Above: Jimmy Case with the shirt.
Below: Ray with Jimmy Case.