70-year-old Sir Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish (born in Glasgow, Scotland), is a Scottish former football player and also a football manager.

During his career, he has mostly played as a forward; he also has earned a record of 102 full caps for the Scotland national team, by scoring 30 goals (a joint record).

He made 338 appearances for Celtic, and 515 for Liverpool.

In 1983, he won the Ballon d’Or Silver Award and was also the PFA Players’ Player of the Year.

In 1979 and 1983, he was also the FWA Footballer of the Year.

He has also been named as the greatest striker in post-war British football by FourFourTwo magazine in 2009.

He has also been inducted into both the Scottish and English Football Halls of Fame.

He has a great following by Liverpool fans who still affectionately refer to him as King Kenny. 

Kenneth weighs 73 kgs and is 5 ft 8 in tall.

In 1971, Kenneth began his career with Celtic and he led them to win four Scottish league championships and Scottish Cups.

With the club, he also won one Scottish League Cup.

Bob Paisley (Liverpool manager) managed to bring him to Liverpool after a British transfer record of £440,000.

He won three European Cups, one European Super Cup, the FA Cup, six English league championships, four League Cups, and five FA Charity Shields.

His time with the club was considered to be one of its most successful periods.

Between 1971 and 1986, he became their most capped player and joint-leading goalscorer.

With Denis Law, for Scotland, Kenneth also made 102 appearances and scored 30 goals in international football. 

In 1985, after the resignation of Joe Fagan, Kenneth became player-manager of Liverpool.

Before resigning in 1991, he led the club to win four FA Charity Shields, two FA Cups, and three First Divisions.

Kenneth made a return to football management with Blackburn Rovers in 1995, and after eight months he helped their Second Division to win the Premier League.

He stepped down as manager to become Director of Football at the club in 1996.

Next year, he took over Newcastle United as a manager.

During his time with the club, they finished 13th in 1997–98. However, this was the reason Kenneth was discharged following the season.

In 1999, he was appointed as the Director of Football at Celtic, and then as a manager. He led them to the Scottish League Cup. 

To raise money for cancer care, Kenneth focused on charitable causes between 2000 and 2010, and with his wife, he founded The Marina Dalglish Appeal.

In May 2011, Kenneth became the permanent manager of Liverpool after the dismissal of Roy Hodgson. He was also called as a caretaker manager.

Kenneth led them to win the League Cup and that helped them to earn a place in the UEFA Europa League. They also reached the FA Cup Final and in the Premier League, Liverpool finished 8th.

This was the reason Kenneth was discharged again and returned to Anfield as a non-executive director. 

Early life and career

Kenneth was born in Dalmarnock, Glasgow and his father was an engineer. He grew up in Milton, which is located in the north of the city.

He started receiving his education from Miltonbank Primary School where he began his journey as a goalkeeper.

While playing for Glasgow Schoolboys and Glasgow Schools, he won the Scottish Cup.

He also gave trials at West Ham and Liverpool, but they were unsuccessful, in 1966. 

In the 1975–76 season, the Celtic club failed to win a trophy for the first time in 12 years and Kenneth was made Celtic captain at the time.

Jock Stein missed most of that season while recovering from the injuries he got from a car crash.

Between 1976–77, Kenneth scored 27 goals and led the club to win another league and a cup double.

With Celtic, he made 320 appearances and scored 167 goals, and was later signed by Liverpool.

In the 1985 close season, Kenneth became a player-manager in Liverpool after the retirement of Joe Fagan.

From 1985–86, Liverpool won the double, and Kenneth had only selected himself for just 21 First Division games.

He led Liverpool to win their 16th league title after his goal (1-0) against Chelsea. In the 1986–87 season, Kenneth scored six goals in 18 league appearances but at that time he was more focused on allowing young players to play. 

Personal life

On 26 November 1974, Kenneth got married to Marina, and they have four children together(Kelly, Paul, Lynsey, and Lauren).

Kelly chose to work as a football presenter and also has worked for Sky Sports and BBC Radio.

His son Paul chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and started playing for the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer.

Afterward, he started playing in the Premier League and Scottish Premiership.

In 2008, Paul decided to put an end to his football career and retired to become a head coach in the second-division leagues of Ottawa Fury FC and Miami FC of North America.

In March 2003, Marina was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought well and recovered.

During her time at the hospital, she realized that UK hospitals need more treatment equipment. So she later launched a charity to fund them. 


Kenny made headlines when he was discharged from Liverpool after the club finished at the 8th position in the season.

He was criticized by many reporters and media channels, also by many Liverpool fans, who were disappointed with their performance.

NameKenneth Mathieson Dalglish
Born4 March 1951
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland

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