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Premier League legend Ray Kennedy is dead

Ray Kennedy, the former Arsenal and Liverpool footballer, has died aged 70.

Kennedy, who played as a forward, won every domestic honour in the game with the two clubs during the 1970s and 80s. He scored 148 goals in 581 appearances during a 15-year career in English professional football and also won 17 caps for England between 1976 and 1980, scoring three international goals for Don Revie’s side.

He turned professional for Arsenal in November 1968 and helped Arsenal to win the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1970 as well as the First Division and FA Cup double in 1970-71. Kennedy also appeared as a second-half substitute in the 1972 FA Cup final, in which Arsenal lost 1-0 to Leeds United, before moving to Liverpool for a club record £200,000 in July 1974.

Kennedy’s new manager Bob Paisley then converted him from a striker to a left-sided midfielder, with Liverpool going on to enjoy an extraordinary period of dominance in the English game.

During his time at Anfield Liverpool won the First Division five times, the European Cup three times and the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and League Cup once.

Kennedy also enjoyed spells at Swansea City, Swansea City and Cypriot side Pezoporikos Larnaca, whom he also managed.

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