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Kevin Sheedy

Kevin Sheedy (born 21 October 1959 in Builth Wells in Wales) played for Everton during the club's most successful spell in the 1980s and the Republic of Ireland. He is now an academy coach for Everton.

Renowned for his left foot, he was also a deadball specialist whether scoring from free-kicks or from the penalty spot.

Sheedy started his career with Hereford United followed by a short spell with Liverpool where he made two league appearances before switching to Everton for ú100,000 in 1982. At Everton he made 357 appearances (12 as substitute) and scored 97 goals (a considerable achievement for a midfield player). This total also makes him the highest scoring ever player for Everton F.C. who did not score a hat-trick for the club.

Sheedy's greatest achievements were as part of the Everton team which in 1984 won the FA Cup, in 1985 and 1987 won the Football League Championship and also in 1985 the European Cup Winners' Cup. He retains a special place in Evertonians' hearts for his infamous "two fingered salute" to the Kop after scoring a free-kick at Anfield.

Sheedy left Goodison Park in 1992 on a free transfer to join Newcastle United where he helped them win promotion, and later played for Blackpool. Since retiring from playing, he has been assistant manager at Tranmere Rovers and Hartlepool United. He joined Everton's coaching staff in July 2006.

Despite his birthplace Sheedy won 45 caps for the Republic of Ireland scoring nine goals, including one in a game in the World Cup in Italy in 1990 against England.

He is also noted as the first Republic of Ireland player to ever score a goal in the World Cup Finals.

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