Kevin Sheedy

Kevin Sheedy

Watson, Tim

  • Category: Leisure / Sport
  • ISBN:9781405037280
  • Publisher:Pan Macmillan Australia
  • Publication Date:01/08/2006
  • Pages:368

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Who is Kevin Sheedy? Genius? Madman? Visionary? Eccentric? It depends on who you ask. In
this extraordinary book Tim Watson, one of Essendon's all-time greatest players, seeks out
the truth about Kevin Sheedy and his 25-year reign as coach at Windy Hill. Sheedy himself
has co-operated for the purposes of this book, but Watson baulks at none of the
controversies - from Sheedy's role in the Hawthorn drug-taking allegations of 1984; the
disastrous recruitments of Mike Richardson and Geoff Raines; and the board-inspired player
revolt which threatened Sheedy's tenure in the late 1990s. Then of course there are the back-
to-back premiership triumphs of 1984-85, the unexpected glory of 1993 and the
unparalleled success of season 2000, on top of Essendon's emergence as an AFL
superpower - in no small way built on Sheedy's direct marketing genius. Gathering together
as many pieces of the puzzle as possible, Watson discovers a ruthless, compassionate,
eccentric, quirky, self-driven character, spurred on by a desire for greatness and an
insatiable love for the game. More than any other observer he has given us the true essence
of Kevin Sheedy - Jigsaw Man.

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