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KEVIN SHEEDY

KEVIN SHEEDY
Year(s) 2001
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Kevin Mark Sheedy (born 21 October 1959) is a former footballer. He spent the largest portion of his playing career with Everton – with whom he won the FA Cup, European Cup Winners' Cup and two Football League titles – and also played for Hereford United,  Liverpool,  Newcastle United and Blackpool. Born in Builth Wells, Wales, he played 46 times for the Republic of Ireland national football team and scored the country's first ever goal in a FIFA World Cup finals. He is now an academy coach for Everton.

Playing career
Club career

Sheedy started his career with Hereford United, followed by a short spell with Liverpool, but played just three competitive gamesin four

years and was sold to Everton for £100,000 in 1982.At Everton he made 357 appearances (12 as substitute) and scored 97 goals. Sheedy's most notable achievements were as part of the 1984 Everton team that won the FA Cup (although he missed the final through injury). In 1985 and 1987 he won the Football League, and in 1985 the European Cup Winners' Cup, scoring in the final itself. In the 1980s Sheedy scored the most goals from free-kicks in the top-flight of the English football league. Perhaps his most famous free-kick moment game against Ipswich in 1985 when he scored with a 25-yard free-kick into the goalkeeper's left-hand corner, but having been forced to re-take the kick, proceeded to curl the ball into the keeper's right-hand corner. He was selected in the PFA Team of the Year in both Everton championship winning years of 1985 and 1987. Sheedy left Goodison Park in 1992 on a free transfer to join Newcastle United, and helped them win the Division One title, and promotion to the Premier League, in 1992–93. He ended his career with Blackpool in the 1993–94 Division Two campaign.

International career
Though born in Wales, Sheedy was eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland as his father was from County Clare. He played 46 times for Ireland scoring nine goals, including one in a game in the 1990 World Cup against England. Ireland drew all three of their group games to qualify for the last 16 of the tournament, and subsequently beat Romania 5–4 on penalties, Sheedy scoring the first of the Republic's penalties. The Republic went on to lose 1–0 to hosts Italy in the Quarter Final of the FIFA World Cup. In this match, such was Sheedy's threat that Italy put the legendary Giuseppe Bergomi to man-mark Sheedy. Sheedy was also part of the Euro 88 squad and played all 3 matches. He is also noted as the first-ever Republic of Ireland player to score a goal in the World Cup finals.

Post-playing career
Since retiring from playing, Sheedy has been assistant manager at Tranmere Rovers (and a short spell as joint-caretaker-manager) and Hartlepool United. He joined Everton's coaching staff in July 2006, where he coaches the Academy team. In late August 2012 Sheedy was diagnosed with bowel cancer. He revealed to the media that his family had an history of the disease 

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Designed by Ned O'Toole, Paul Harmon and Oisín Ronan.
Special thanks to Tranmere Rovers Football club for the information.
Also to Keith Taberer, Des Ferguson, Joanne Duggan for supplying some of the photos.