KEVIN SHEEDY is an Everton and Republic of Ireland legend with plenty of entertaining stories to tell. The man with one of the best left foots in football played alongside some of the biggest characters in the game during a colourful career. Sheedy started his football life with Hereford United before being spotted by Bob Paisley s Liverpool. But he featured in only five senior games during his Anfield career and crossed Stanley Park to Everton, where he won two League titles and a European Cup Winners Cup medal as well as playing in three FA Cup Finals. Sheedy was a regular fixture in Howard Kendall s celebrated side that brought unprecedented glitter to Goodison. It was during an FA Cup tie against Ipswich in 1985 that his famous free-kick moment came. Sheedy hit the net from 20 yards to the goalkeeper s right and when a re-take was ordered, he crashed his second attempt to the keeper s left. Sheedy also made 46 appearances for his country during a spell that encompassed the renowned Jack Charlton era. He scored nine goals for his country, probably the most famous of which was a goal against England in the 1990 World Cup, the first scored by a Republic player at a World Cup finals. He also played in all of Ireland s Euro 88 matches.
Everton FC Heritage Society assisted with Kevin’s Book Launch at Goodison Park where Kevin was toasted by the greatest manager of our time, the late Howard Kendall as well as Duncan Ferguson. Also guests of honour were journalists Ken Rogers (for publishers Trinity Mirror) and John Keith (the author).