Two Time European Cup Winner Alan Kennedy Brings Medals to Barry

Liverpool fans of a certain age will remember the night in 1981 when Alan Kennedy found himself in the Real Madrid box with the ball at his feet and only the goalkeeper to beat. Kennedy blasted the ball past Agustin Rodriguez on his near post to win the European Cup for Liverpool. Again in 1984 it was Kennedy who sealed the European Cup win for Liverpool after slotting home the winning penalty against Roma and cementing his place as a Liverpool Legend.

When Mack Events announced ‘An Evening with Alan Kennedy’ the tickets sold out fast as Liverpool and football fans in general from Barry and beyond were compelled to be part of this exciting evening.

Last night, the doors opened at St. Francis Millennium Hall and it become immediately clear that the appeal of such a Liverpool great out-stretched the audience that would have seen the games of ’81 and ’84 as many of them were probably not born. A range of ages filled every seat, from mid-twenties to a few hitting their 80’s. This really was a night for all.

Alan took a few minutes to speak to The Daily Vale prior to his appearance.

Following the event we caught up with Mack Events’ Ross Mackintosh and asked a few questions:

When people hear ‘Mack Events’ they think music, what has made you put on an event like this?
“A lot of people know us from GlastonBARRY and the Live Music Scene, but the evenings with the sports stars was where we actually established Mack Events.
Our first event was with Liverpool Legend Jan Molby, which was how we got our name out there.
We have hosted nights with football stars such as, Matt Le Tissier,Ronnie Whelan,Paul Merson and Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock. We have also brought Wales and Lions Rugby Star Jamie Roberts to Barry.”

Why Alan Kennedy?
“We booked Liverpool FC legend Alan Kennedy for two reasons, first and foremost he was the first player to ever score the winning goal in two European cup finals and he played in the great Liverpool sides of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Secondly, he is highly regarded as one of the best speakers and best guys on the circuit.”

Last night seemed to go down well, how did it go from your point of view?
“We are still blown away about what actually happened last night! I have had a lot of feedback saying Alan was the best speaker we have had. They have all been first class for different reasons, but I have to agree I think Alan was the best. Alan spoke for 80 minutes and had the crowds attention for every second, he was fascinating and hilarious
My favourite thing about the event was how Alan was with every single person who asked him for a autograph or a photo,he had time for everyone, as they all have in the past, but he was just the nicest guy. I suppose you had to see it to understand what he was actual like as a person.”

“He was just the nicest guy”

“After his speech we did photos and a meet and greet and Alan then agreed to do a quick Q&A…. Forty five minutes later he was still answering questions and being absolutely hilarious.If you add up his time on stage he did over 2hrs. Do you know how hard it is to actually talk for that long, be funny and interesting and have everyone’s attention for 120 minutes?!… I certainly haven’t seen anything like it.”

All Photos by Martin Gibson

“When Alan arrived he walked into the venue with a old plastic bag and put it down on the table. I didn’t give it much thought to be honest, but fast forward a few hours later and as he’s leaving the stage, he announces he has his European cup medals and league titles with him and he will be in the back room and if anyone wants to have photos with them etc. they were more than welcome. We couldn’t believe it! He never mentioned it up until that point; that old plastic bag had the biggest club medals in world football!!! I have never seen grown men so excited. He stayed for another hour and was last guy to leave,we can’t speak any higher of the man.”