Former Professional Footballer, After Dinner Speaker, Guest Apperances
Alan Kennedy was a great attacking full-back who had the knack of scoring vital goals for the Reds that brought further glory to the club. Born in 1954, Alan Kennedy came through the ranks at Newcastle United. In 1978, manager of Liverpool, Bob Paisley, bought Alan Kennedy from Newcastle. He slotted straight into the side which regained the League Championship crown in 1979 and then retained it a year later.
The defining moment of Alan Kennedy's time in the Liverpool team came in the European Cup final, staged in Paris, against Real Madrid. The game was a tight affair with few chances, but in the last ten minutes Kennedy made a surging run down the left flank and fired a vicious shot into the Real net at the near post. Liverpool's third European Cup was sealed.
Liverpool regained the League and retained the League Cup in 1982 and Alan Kennedy continued his happy habit of getting goals in big finals, firing a superb long-range equaliser in the 1983 League Cup final against Manchester United which Liverpool then went on to win 2-1. In the same year, Kennedy won his fourth League title.
Liverpool's treble of League title, League Cup and European Cup in 1984 all prominently featured Alan Kennedy, who again proved his worth for the big occasion when he scored the deciding penalty in the shoot-out against AS Roma in the European Cup final after the game itself had ended level.
In 1984, Alan won two England international caps.
Kennedy played much of the trophy-free season which followed in 1985 but was sold the following year by manager Kenny Dalglish. After spells in Belgium, the English lower divisions and non-league football, Alan Kennedy quit the game at the age of 40.
If you invite Alan to one of your events he always brings along his winners medals.
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