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Ray of Hope

Ray of Hope

At Anfield on April 21st, Arsenal and Liverpool fans combined to pay tribute to Ray Kennedy, a star for both teams in the 1970s.

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Ray has struggled with Parkinson's Disease since diagnosis at the relatively early age of 35. Having played football long before the huge rewards enjoyed by today's teams, the illness stripped him of both his health and the chance to make a living.

The Ray of Hope Appeal was launched in January 2008, hoping to raise enough funds to purchase essential equipment and services for Ray. You can read more about the appeal by clicking here.

In 2008 fundraising by REDaction raised £850, helping to provide Ray with an updated and much safer bathroom. This year AISA, REDaction, The Gooner and Arsenal Herts & Beds Supporters Club have combined to add a further £500 to the appeal.

If you would like to make a personal donation, click here Ray of Hope - Donate for details.

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Ray's story

On the 3rd of May 1971 at White Hart Lane, Ray's header won the League for Arsenal. We were Champions for the first time since 1952-53. A few days later the team went on to win the FA Cup and complete a famous double.
 

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Ray scores at White Hart Lane
 

Having joined Arsenal in 1968, Ray helped us to win our first European trophy, the 1969-70 Fairs Cup, coming on as a substitute and scoring a vital goal when we were already 3-0 down in the first leg of the final against Anderlecht. A 3-0 win in the second leg at Highbury meant we won 4-3 on aggregate.

Ray was our top scorer in 1971-72 and again in 1973-74, before leaving to join Liverpool later in 1974. After playing 17 times for England, he eventually retired through ill health in 1984, just before his 33rd birthday. His condition was only diagnosed when he was 35.
 

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The 1971 Arsenal squad
 

22-Apr-2009

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