9 April 1961 – 9 February 2019
Pompey are mourning the death of Mick Kennedy, who has passed away at the age of 57.
Tributes have been flooding in after the passing of former Portsmouth great and Clare man Mick Kennedy.
The former Republic of Ireland international passed away last weekend at 57 years of age, having spent his later years in Ennistymon.
Mick’s parents hailed from Kilmaley, and moved to Salford where Mick was born in 1961.
His first club was Halifax, and during his career he made over 500 league appearances for 10 different clubs.
Described as the quintessential hard-man in midfield, Kennedy was known for his no nonsense style.
Portsmouth was where he came to real prominence, after he was signed by the then manager Alan Ball for a fee of £100,000. He quickly became a cult figure at the club, and captained his beloved Pompey to the First Division in 1987. He made 144 appearances for Portsmouth, and in 2018 was inducted into their Hall of Fame.
Mick also came to the attention of Irish manager Jack Charlton during this period, and was capped twice during a competition held in Iceland in May 1986. Ireland faced the hosts and Czechoslovakia, and won both games to capture the trophy. It was Mick’s only time to be included in an Irish senior squad, with controversy surrounding an alleged tackle on one of the Czech players. He also made four appearances for the Irish U-21 side, scoring twice, including against former England international David Seaman.
There was uproar at the Portsmouth club when Kennedy was sold to Bradford midway through their first season back in the top flight, with several fans expressing their discontent at the time.
During the latter part of his career, Kennedy moved to a number of clubs including Leicester City, Luton, Stoke City, Chesterfield and Wigan Athletic.
He made the move back to Clare in the late 1990’s, and got involved in coaching with Clare Youth teams and Kennedy Cup squads. This was thanks in part to the involvement of Mick’s uncle Frank Healy who was chairman of the CDSL at the time.
Mick developed a great affinity with the Lifford club in Ennis, and was in charge of the club’s junior and youth sides over a ten-year period from 2000-2010.
He was also manager of his native Kilmaley United, guiding them to the Premier League Cup title.
The FAI have announced it will pay its respects to Mick at the upcoming UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier against Georgia on March 26 in the Aviva Stadium.
Mick is survived by his mother Mary, brother Larry, sister Noreen and is pre-deceased by his father Flan.