George - Kennedy was instrumental to our success

Just a few months older than Ray Kennedy, Charlie George played alongside him for five seasons and of course enjoyed his own iconic moment in the 1970/71 double season and will never forget the contribution made by his former team-mate and friend.

“Ray was a fantastic player and was vital to us in the team that won the Double,” said Charlie. “Funnily enough, he got in the team because I broke my ankle in the first match of that season – and he didn’t half make the most of it. 

"He was still a teenager but so strong and superb at holding the ball up. He also had a lovely touch and was good in front of goal too. Because of his build, people didn’t think he was quick but his pace was deceptive and he was also quick-thinking – which is why he settled into midfield brilliantly when Bob Paisley moved him there after going to Liverpool.

“I always got on really well with Ray and it was heartbreaking to see how the Parkinson’s broke him down over the years. He coped with that disease so bravely over such a long time, even from his playing days.

“He had a brilliant career and was instrumental in our success – we shouldn’t have let him leave in my opinion.

“Rest in peace, Ray.”

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