Kennedy back at Wheatridge Park

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LAST Saturday former Arsenal, Liverpool and England footballer Ray Kennedy was at Wheatridge Park in Seaton Delaval to see his son-in-law’s team play in a NFA Benevolent Bowl game.

Jon McDonald is assistant manager of Northern Alliance side Seaton Delaval Amateurs, who were playing Newcastle University in the NFA cup competition.

Seaton Delaval won the game 3-0 on penalties after extra time.

Ray was taken to the game by his son Dale, who like his dad, are former New Hartley Juniors and Seaton Delaval players.

Ray has been one of the top footballing heroes from the area, but in recent years he has suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

Ray met a number of friends from the past at Wheatridge Park, who made him very welcome.

Ray, now reaching the age of 60, lives in New Hartley.

While playing top class football Ray won a host of honours, including the double with Arsenal in 1970-71 and then three European Cup finals while with Liverpool.