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norecat:
I was listening to John Giles talking about his late brother in law Nobby Stiles. How Stiles had to sell off his medals to meet medical bills. He felt rightly that the game in England failed Stiles given all he gave to the game. He was referring to the English FA and Manchester United. It got me thinking about Ray Kennedy who has Parkinson's disease since the mid 80's. Do we know if Liverpool as a club or the FA or PFA has done anything for him I'm sure there are other former LFC players too who sadly may need help.

I reckon players who played in this century at the top level should be alright financially.

redboxingyeti:
Surprised noone has responded to this post - would be great to hear if LFC or the FA are providing some sort of support to Ray, and no doubt countless others affected by Parkinsons, dementia and other horrible illnesses possibly brought on, or made worse, by football.

As an aside though, what a monumental player Ray Kennedy was - for me he has to be in the top 3 midfielders we've ever had - after Stevie and Souness (assuming Barnes is classed as forward). Honourable mention to Terry Mac as well.

Keep fighting Ray.

Stubbins:
Both LFC and Arsenal have supported Ray in the past, but I'm don't know how recently. Nor have I heard what his current situation is and how he's faring. His son still lives in the North East and is a big Red, travelling down to Anfield regularly (at least when we could all go to matches). Might be that he's actually a member of this forum. It would be good to know how Ray is doing.

kavah:

--- Quote from: redboxingyeti on January 20, 2021, 10:10:39 am ---

...As an aside though, what a monumental player Ray Kennedy was - for me he has to be in the top 3 midfielders we've ever had - after Stevie and Souness (assuming Barnes is classed as forward). Honourable mention to Terry Mac as well.

Keep fighting Ray.

--- End quote ---

aye that's a good shout, chipping in with 70 goals, and once Paisley put him into midfield we more or less won every game for 5 years. My spec was in the Paddock - Kop end - and was always disappointed because I didn't get to clearly see Ray's far post goals because of my short-arse teenage vantage point, even stood on a crate  ;D

Red Sky at Night:
Liverpool played Arsenal in 1991 at Highbury in a testimonial game for Ray. I believe money raised went to research into Parkinson's disease.

A great name from Liverpool's illustrious past.

If you get the chance, I'd highly recommend his biography - "Ray of Hope: The Ray Kennedy Story" .... the first part of the book title says it all

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