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Алън Кенеди

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Birthdate: 31 August 1954

Birthplace: Sunderland, England

Other clubs: Newcastle United (1971-78), Sunderland (1985-87), Husqvarna (1987), Beerschot (1987), Hartlepool United (1987), Grantham Town (1987), Wigan Athletic (1987-88), Sunderland (2 / 1988), Colne Dynamos (1988-90), Wrexham (1990), Morecambe (1991), Netherfield (1991-92), Northwich Victoria (1992), Radcliffe Borough (1992-93), Netherfield (2 / 1993-94), Barrow (1994-95)

Bought from: Newcastle United

Signed for LFC: £330,000, 13.08.1978

International debut: 04.04.1984 vs. Northern Ireland

International caps: 2/0 - 02.05.1984

Liverpool debut: 19.08.1978

Last appearance: 14.09.1985

Debut goal: 09.09.1978

Last goal: 08.09.1984

Contract expiry: September 1985

Win ratio: 60.45% W: 217 D: 84 L: 58

Honours: League Championship 1978/79, 1979/80, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1983/84; League Cup 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984; European Cup 1981, 1984

Total games/goals opposite LFC: 8 / 0

LFC league games/goals: 251 / 15

Total LFC games/goals: 359 / 20





Player profile


A great attacking left-back who had the knack of scoring vital goals for Liverpool that brought further glory to the club. He's Liverpool's history in the early 80's embodied. Who can forget when he scored the winning goal in Paris against Real Madrid in the 1981 European Cup final and everyone will remember the look on his face when he celebrated the deciding spot-kick in Rome 1984. Kennedy was a 19-year-old full-back for Newcastle United on the day that Liverpool destroyed his FA Cup final hopes in 1974 by outplaying the Geordies 3-0 at Wembley. He didn't know it at the time but although he never would collect a winners' medal in the FA Cup, he would win more trophies than he could ever have dreamed possible after his transfer from the North-East to Merseyside just before the start of the 1978/79 season. Kennedy was an England B-international and now the most expensive full-back in England. Bob Paisley was quite pleased with his new signing who he captured two days before the European deadline of 15 August 1978: "He will be a first-class capture. He is fast, likes to move up to attack and should fit into our side very quickly. There would be seven men challenging for the back four positions - Hughes, Thompson, Hansen, Neal, Jones, Kennedy and Irwin. I wanted Kennedy because I wanted more competition for places." Paisley added: 'If this lad doesn‘t play for England I‘ll throw myself in the Mersey...when the tide is out.'


The left-back position had been a bit of a 'problem-area' for Liverpool in 1977/78 with Joey Jones, Tommy Smith and Alan Hansen all wearing the No. 3 shirt at some stage of that season. Kennedy came across Bill Shankly of all people before his debut as he told LFChistory.net. "Shankly looked at me: 'Hi ya, son. How you‘re doing?' 'I am alright, Mr. Shankly. I am a little bit nervous.' He went into his pocket and pulled out... and I don‘t know what he had given me, but he gave me a couple of tablets. I thought, 'What has he given me here?', but it‘s Mr. Shankly and whatever he says is right. All of a sudden my mind was going back to the World Cup of ´78 where there was a Scottish player who had taken some kind of drug, Willie Johnston, and so in the end... He might have given me drugs like. I better have a little look. When I brought them out there were two sweets there and that's all they were, just two sweets. I thought if Mr. Shankly had given me them they must do me good so I ate the sweets. I felt great now. I didn't really. It's like somebody telling you to eat a steak before a game, it makes you feel good. It doesn't make you feel good. It makes you feel terrible. It just made me more relaxed." Kennedy's first game was against Queens Park Rangers and even though Liverpool won 2-1 he didn't have an ideal debut. "Early on I miskicked with my right foot - the one I use for standing on - and knocked a policeman's helmet off. I also conceded a couple of corners and made a few errors. I just wanted half-time to come to get some reassurance from the manager but when I got back to the dressing room, Bob said to me, 'I think that they shot the wrong Kennedy!'


Kennedy eventually adapted to the side and played 37 League games in each of his first two seasons at Anfield, winning League Championship medals on both occasions. He missed large parts of the 1980/81 season through injury but still contributed two priceless goals to keep the club's run of success going on into the 80's. His extra-time goal narrowly failed to beat West Ham in the League Cup final at Wembley but he was a member of the team that beat the Hammers in the Aston Villa replay 18 days later. On an unforgettable night in Paris his blistering shot fizzed past the Real Madrid keeper in a blur to bring the European Cup to Anfield for the third time in five seasons. His astonishing record of scoring in big games continued as he struck a second-half equaliser against Manchester United in the 1983 League Cup final and then a year later came the most dramatic moment of all, the decisive penalty-kick in the shoot-out that followed the 1-1 draw with the Italian champions from Rome. This was no doubt the biggest moment of Kennedy's career, one which he was happy to share with LFChistory.net. "To this day I've got no idea why Fagan gave me the opportunity to take a penalty. He may have panicked. He may have looked at the rest of the team and thought, 'Why not Ronnie Whelan, Michael Robinson' or whoever was still on the pitch at the time?", Kennedy recollects. "And then to say: 'Alan, how are you feeling?' And I said: 'I'm fine', because I hadn't been picked. He said: 'OK' and then he walks off. Then he pointed to Graeme Souness and Ian Rush. Phil Neal was always going to take one. But the two others, Steve Nicol and me. thought 'no chance'. He picked Steve Nicol, the youngest man of the team and all of a sudden... I didn't realise he had picked me at the time. It suddenly sinks in and I panicked. I didn't want it to happen. I hadn't had a bad game in the 120 minutes, but in that situation you have to stand up and be counted. No player had any confidence in me. In the end they were looking at themselves and thinking to themselves, 'He's bound to miss this one. Who's going to take the next one?' That didn't obviously give me the confidence I needed when I am walking up there. You put the ball down... I thought of my family, my girlfriend at the time... I just felt I can't let these people down... We were so bad the week before we had to abandon the practice. The kids beat us in the penalty shoot-out. They say you should be clear, be focused and never change your mind. I didn't have any of those three in my mind. I opened up my body at the end... I didn't know why I did it... Tancredi the goalkeeper went to his left-hand side and I got the ball into the right hand side. You can't imagine the relief I had at that particular moment. I just wanted to be with all my family, all my friends, all the players and just to say a big thank you. What a relief it was. And I saw all the players afterwards and they were telling me, 'We can't believe you scored that goal.' I said, 'I know!'"


Kennedy played in most of the following season's first division fixtures but got injured at the end of March which helped Jim Beglin establish himself in his place. Kennedy did play in the opening eight League matches of the 1985/86 season but an own goal in the last of those games at Oxford was the final straw for the new player-manager, Kenny Dalglish. Kennedy never played for the club again and Phil Neal, his full-back partner for so long and with whom he had enjoyed so much success, would only last a few more games before he too was replaced by Steve Nicol. Kennedy had a brief spell in Belgium, Denmark and Sweden and also with Hartlepool and Wrexham in the lower divisions of the Football League before continuing to play non-league football until he had passed his forty-second birthday. "My greatest strengths were pace and attitude. I would never give up and always give a 100%. I really thought that coming to Liverpool really made me feel I could play football because if you could get into that team you could get into any team. They were so strong and so good and I felt comfortable in the team. There were quite a few players who tried to take my position. I felt I was good enough to beat all of them."



Алън Кенеди (Alan Kennedy) изиграва 359 мача с екипа на Ливърпул и отбалазва 20 гола. Той е Шампион с Мърсисайдци – 1978/79, 1979/80, 1981/82, 1982/83, & 1983/84, печели Купата на Англия – 1981, 1982, 1983 и 1984, Европейски Шампион – 1981 и 1984 и триумфира с Чарити Шийлд 1979, 1980 и 1982.


Алан Кенеди… единственият Английски футболист отбелязвал повече от един решаващи гола във финали за КЕШ. Първият е срещу Реал Мадри в Париж през 1981г. Три години по късно повтаря упражнението като този път бележи решаващата дузпа срещу Рома на “Олимпико” и донася четвъртата КЕШ в клубната витрина на Ливърпул. Феновете го наричат Барни Ръбъл защото имал прилика с едноименния герой от “Флинстоун”, играе като ляв бек, изключително бърз, с прецизно центриране и страхотен удар.

Интересн факт околко Алън Кенеди е, че заедно с Тери МакДеморт играят в отбора на Нюкасъл, който губи финала за ФА Къп през 1974 с 3-0 от Ливърпул. Но той впечатлява с таланта си Боб Пейсли, който го закупува през 1978-година за 300 000 паунда.

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