- Know any others ??! Let me know and I'll
include them on this page.
reasons I can no longer remember the 'Where are they now
?' page for March 2001 was never completed. As I had a
spare minute or two this month, this has now been
rectified - visit March
Cup Final Teams
run down appeard in the 'Daily Mirror' on Cup Final Day,
12 May 2001 - the re-match thirty years on. in 70-71 the
score was 2-1 to Arsenal. Heighway opened the scoring for
Liverpool, Eddie Kelly equalised and Charlie George won
||Where are they now?
||Goalkeeping coach and
||Arsenal first team
||Successful coach and
scout in America
||A driver in South
and tv pundit
||Owns a haulage company
||Died earlier this year
||Manager out of work
||Professional driver of
||Former great seriously
||Highbury tour guide
||Where are they now ?
||Youth coach in North
||Running his own pub
||Invalid on sickness
||Popular after dinner
||Salesman in Insurance
||Has emigrated to
||Runs Liverpool coaching
||Manager, now at Real
||Works in Liverpool's
All Arsenal's players can be found on the
Arsenal page. All the Liverpool players can be found on
the Liverpool page except for John Toshack who began the
70-71 season with Cardiff City
Ray Kennedy (Arsenal squad)
picture and article appeared in 12 May, 2001 Cup Final
edition of 'The Mirror'.
the most of your big day, life can change at any minute'
THE memories of
golden years with Arsenal and Liverpool still burn
brightly in Ray Kennedy's eyes. :
Triumph was never far away
during his illustrious career .As a teenager he
helped Arsenal to FA Cup glory and their famous 1971
Double. And his determined midfield battling anchored
Liverpool as they conquered Europe and collected
medals at will. But today courageous , Kennedy is a
shadow of the giant who strode football's greatest
stages bringing , trophies to Highbury and Anfield.
He cuts a tragic figure as
he bravely fights the ravages of Parkinson's Disease,
living alone in a bungalow in the Tyneside coastal
village of New Hartley.But Kennedy , 49, is refusing
to give in. Cup Final day is still a big event in the
Once he proudly marched up
the Wembley steps to lift the FA Cup, but today will
be a triumph if he is well enough to get out of bed
to watch the two clubs he loves on TV. Kennedy's
fight against Parkinson's puts the losers 'tears and
winners' hype of Cup Final day into stark
For his story is a reminder
to today's millionaire stars how quickly and
drastically life can change. And it's a warning to
sulky prima donnas that there is more to life than
money, medals and the next big contract. This
forgotten hero shows no bitterness, only joy, as he
proudly plays a video of his greatest goals and medal
He loses balance as he
clambers off his sofa and staggers towards the
television. And these days even pressing the button
on the remote control is a struggle. As he watched
film of himself scoring 30-yard spectaculars, he
admits: "I can't believe that is me. I look at
myself now and wonder how I did it and what this
terrible disease has done to me."
But Kennedy is not after
pity or sympathy. He soldiers on, an inspiration even
now as he fights a battle he can't win with good
humour and honesty. Old team-mates, including best
pal Jimmy Case, Charlie George and George Graham,
keep in regular touch.
But at times, Kennedy admits
to feeling cut off from his old friends and the
footballing life he enjoyed. "I would just love
to be in Cardiff watching but I couldn't trust
myself," he said. "I could be having a
falling over day and I'd hate for people to see me
"I can't make any plans
like going to watch football live. I just hope I'll
be having a good day and able to catch it on
television. It's just so frustrating. I wouldn't wish
it on anyone.
"I take 29 pills a day
to control the symptoms, sometimes up to 50. The
side-effects are awful. That's what I can't deal
with. I can't stop myself jumping around or get my
balance right. Some days I'm not too bad and I can
get by. But then there are times when I just have to
stay in bed knocked out by the pills. It's difficult
to get the right combination:'
Last week Kennedy spent four
days in bed unable to get up, but was yesterday well
enough to look forward to the football highlight of
his year "I'm like a kid," he said.
"I'll try to get sat down for 11 am and see all
the build-up, if I'm having one of my good days.
"It is impossible for
me to choose between the two clubs. I love them both.
It will be great to see either of them win.It is
about time someone else won a Cup.He didn't realise
it at the time. but the onset of Parkinson.s hit him
during the last spell of his trophy. You get a bit
sick of seeing Man United clean up."
As a 16-year-old, Kennedy
was plucked from New Hartley's junior team and given
his big chance with Arsenal. He went on to play 17
times for England, won five League Championships,
three European Cup winner's medals plus FA Cup, UEFA
Cup and European Super Cup medals.
Later he became a Bill
Shankly signing at Anfield, and went on to win every
medal apart from the European Cup Winners' Cup. He
didn't realise it at the time. but the onset of
Parkinson's hit him during the last spell of his
career, at Swansea. Fetching a picture from his
sideboard, Kennedy proudly tells of his meeting with
Mohammedl Ali, another sporting great to be struck by
Parkinson's. He would be too modest to admit it, but
he's a fighter in his own right.
Pat Rice (Arsenal)
article by Russell Kempson appeared in 'the Times' just
before the FA Cup 2001 final (May 2001)
every great manager is a trusty lieutenant, a man who
carries out the wishes of his master with a joke and
a smile. He is there to lean on in times of stress,
there to confide in should the players feel the need.
He can stand aside, taking a considered overview, yet
is always available. At Arsenal, Pat Rice is that
Arsene Wenger, the manager, exudes his Gallic charm,
inside and outside the dressing-room, Rice chivvies
the troops along with a well-directed barb or two. ..
"Arsene doesn't ask me to do the shouting,"
Rice said yesterday, as Arsenal continued their
preparations for the FA Cup Final in Cardiff on
Saturday. 'That's just the way I am."
solid full back, who won 49 caps for Northern
Ireland, Rice, 52, returned to Highbury in July 1984.
He has served his time, working his way through the
youth and reserve team ranks, and has been involved
with the first team since 1996. The youngsters won
the FA Youth Cup under his tutelage in 1988 and 1994;
the seniors did the Double in 1998.
No 2, the reliable assistant, his appreciation of
Wenger has grown. "When Arsene first joined us,
I immediately noticed how calm he was:' Rice said.
"He never gets flustered. Besides that, he
always does his homework. You can ask him about any
player in the world and he will know them. He is
great with the players as well. His door is always
open to them, he is always available to talk things
over. I don't think I've ever heard him shout. Well,
pauses, smiles and recalls that dreadful day on
February 25, when Arsenal were beaten 6-1 by
Manchester United at Old Trafford. They were losing
5-1 at half-time and when Wenger returned to the
dressing-room, he exploded. No more Gallic charm.
"Well, that was about the only time," Rice
was quite forceful and he talked about pride and
trying to get things right in the second half. I
think it had quite an impact on the lads." Rice,
who also played for Watford, won a Cup winner's medal
with Arsenal in 1971 and 1979 and a league
championship in 1971. It was in 1971, shortly after
Arsenal had secured the league title by beating
Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, that they went
to Wembley to take on Liverpool - their opponents
again on Saturday - in the Cup Final.
remembers it well, and not just the hangover that he
had when Arsenal took their victory parade on an
open-top bus in North London the next day. .'I went
into the Final feeling very relaxed," Rice said,
"because we knew that we had already achieved
the main goal - the championship. Going back to North
London after beating Liverpool, seeing all the people
there, filled you with a huge sense of pride. When we
lost in the final the next year, you got the feeling
that you'd let all the people down. That was hard to
defeated Liverpool 2-1 after extra time. It was 0-0
after 90 minutes and although Steve Heighway gave
Liverpool the lead, Arsenal equalised through Eddie
Kelly though, to this day, George Graham claims it -
and won with a memorable shot by Charlie George.
can still picture George lying on the grass, his arms
raised to the sky in acclaim. "When he hit it,
you could see that it was in. Charlie was always
capable of something like that, although, up until
then, he hadn't done much. For us, the Cup was the
icing on the cake. It was not the cake itself- that
was the championship, the priority - but it was
definitely the icing."
years on, Rice is hoping that history repeats itself.
"I think the game will be just as tight,"
he said. "I hope that it's us who scores the
first goal this time. Both sides have got great
forwards and we might have Dennis Bergkamp back as
well." Bergkamp has missed eight matches with
Achilles tendon problems, but scored in a 4-0 win for
the reserves against Tottenham at Highbury last night
and declared himself fit for the final.
would win if Arsenal1971 played Arsenal 2001? "I
think it might be the current team," Rice said,
"but not at a canter. We were a very
well-organised side. Mind you, if you'd told me then
that two French managers would lead out the teams in
a Cup Final in Cardiff in 30 years' time, I'd have
said you were crazy ."
Charlie George (Arsenal) - this was too long to appear on this
page so see Charlie
Stuart Boam (Mansfield Town) Stuart appeared on
Middelesbrough's website this month offering his tribute
to Bobby Murdoch (Celtic), who died this month. In the
article, it is revealled that Stuart now owns a shop just
outside Mansfield. See May 2001 News
Jim Platt (Middlesbrough squad). Similarly, Jim was
quoted on the BBC site offering his tribute to Bobby
Murdoch (Celtic). In this it states that Jim is
now head coach at Middlesbrough's Football in the
Community Centre. See May 2001 News.
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