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Alan Kennedy

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Football player for Newcastle United, Liverpool and Wrexham.
League debut: 1973.
Other honours: 5 league championships; 4 league cups; 4 charity shields; 2 European cups;
2 Full Caps for England.

Alan's football career started in 1972 when he signed as a professional with Newcastle United and made his league debut as an eighteen year old in 1973. After playing nearly 200 games for the Magpies, the late Bob Paisley broke the British transfer fee for a full back when he paid £330,000 for Alan in August 1978. During his 7 year spell at Anfield Alan played over 350 games for Liverpool and won a haul of winners' medals.

Alan's seventeen-year career as a pro, ended at Wrexham in 1990 following a knee injury. It was here he played his 500th game in the league.

As a defender amazingly Alan Kennedy didn't simply have a knack for scoring goals, he had a talent for scoring them... in finals. Bought by Bob Paisley as a left-back who could support the midfield, Kennedy could also hit a ball with tremendous ferocity. His most memorable goal was undoubtedly the one he scored against Real Madrid in the 1981 European Cup final, which Liverpool won 1-0. Three years later, Kennedy scored the final penalty as Liverpool beat Roma on their own patch.

Nowadays, Kennedy still lives on Merseyside where he has his own youth soccer schools that are combined with a busy schedule as a host on local radio programmes.

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