Alan Kennedy

Alan Kennedy (born 31 August 1954) is an English former professional footballer who played the majority of his career as a left back for Newcastle United and then Liverpool. He was a stalwart member of the latter team that won many honours from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. In all Kennedy was active as a professional in England, Denmark, Belgium and Wales, making over 500 appearances in a career that lasted for 22 years. He also represented England at senior international level.

Alan Kennedy
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Personal information
Date of birth (1954-08-31) 31 August 1954 (age 67)
Place of birth Penshaw, England
Position(s) Left back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1978 Newcastle United 158 (9)
1978–1986 Liverpool 359 (20)
1986–1987 Sunderland 54 (2)
1987 Wigan Athletic 22 (0)
1987 Hartlepool United 5 (0)
1987 B 1903
1988 Beerschot
1988–1989 Northwich Victoria
1989 Colne Dynamoes
1989-1990 Wrexham 16 (0)
1990–1991 Morecambe
1991–1992 Netherfield
1992–1993 Radcliffe Borough
1993–1994 Barrow
Total 506 (26)
National team
1984 England 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He is the uncle of the former professional footballer Tom Kennedy.[1]


Born in Sunderland, Kennedy started his professional career at age 18 for Newcastle United. After establishing his place in the side he played there for five years. He was a member of the team that lost the 1974 FA Cup Final to Liverpool. In 1978 he was transferred to Liverpool for £330,000, at the time a British record amount for a full back.

Kennedy scored in the 1981 League Cup Final again West Ham, which ended 1–1 and was won by Liverpool in the replay. He scored the equalising goal with 15 minutes left in the game in the 1983 League Cup Final against Manchester United, a match Liverpool went on to win in extra time. Kennedy was on two other League Cup winning teams with Liverpool, in 1982 (against Tottenham Hotspur) and 1984 (against Everton).

In the 1981 European Cup Final against Real Madrid, Kennedy scored the only goal of the match late in the second half.

The 1984 European Cup Final between Liverpool and Roma was tied at 1–1 after extra time, so the winner was determined by penalty kicks. Kennedy scored the decisive penalty (the fifth taken by the team, the fourth that was successful) that clinched the victory for Liverpool.

Kennedy was a regular player on the Liverpool teams that won five league championship titles, in 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83 and 1983–84.

He also earned two caps for the England national team in 1984.[2]


Newcastle United


  1. ^ "Alan Kennedy nephew Tom Kennedy backed to be big hit". This Is Leicestershire. 15 June 2010. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013.
  2. ^ Alan Kennedy at