Irish Footballers that Played for Liverpool - Kevin Sheedy
Kevin Sheedy - Introduction
Kevin Sheedy was born in Builth Wells, Wales on 21 October 1959. He was an elegant and skilful midfielder with a cultured left foot and an eye for goal. Sheedy began his football career when he joined Hereford United in 1975. Liverpool manager Bob Paisley signed the teenage midfielder in July 1978 for a transfer fee of £80,000.
Kevin Sheedy & Liverpool
Kevin Sheedy made his Liverpool debut on 14 February 1981 against Birmingham City. It was a First Division match at Anfield Road and ended in a 2-2 draw. David Johnson and Phil Neal scored the Liverpool goals. Sheedy was on the substitutes bench for the next match against Brighton & Hove Albion but he did not get any game time.
Sheedy's next appearance for Liverpool was in the following season as a substitute against Swansea City in October 1981. Kevin Sheedy scored his first goal for Liverpool on 28 October 1981 against Exeter City in the 2nd round of the League Cup. Irish internationals Mark Lawrenson and Ronnie Whelan were also in the Liverpool team that thrashed Exeter 6-0.
His next start was also in the next round of the League Cup and he also got on to the score sheet in this match. Sheedy opened the scoring after 29 minutes in a 4-1 win over Middlesborough at Anfield. Kevin Sheedy made his last appearance for Liverpool on 6 March 1982 against Brighton when he came on as a substitute for Sammy Lee. With his opportunities at Liverpool limited Sheedy crossed Stanley Park to join Everton in May 1982 for a transfer fee of £100,000.
Kevin Sheedy - Ireland Career
Kevin Sheedy made his debut for Ireland on 16 November 1983 against Malta at Dalymount Park. It was a 1984 European championship qualification match which Ireland won 8-0. This remains the largest Irish win in an international match. Sheedy scored the fifth goal, his first of nine for Ireland, against the Maltese.
Irish manager Eoin Hand did not pick Sheedy again until one year later for a 1986 World Cup qualifier against Denmark. This would be Eoin Hand's last campaign as Republic of Ireland manager as the Irish finished in fourth place in the group winning just two matches from eight.
When Jack Charlton took over as Irish manager Sheedy's opportunities remained somewhat limited and his Euro 1988 qualifier appearances were limited to just one against Scotland. Nevertheless he did make the Euro 1988 squad and he started in one match, against the USSR, and came on as a substitute in the other two matches at the finals in Germany.
Sheedy became a regular in the Irish team for the 1990 World Cup qualifiers. Kevin Sheedy became the first player to score a goal for Ireland in the World Cup finals. He scored Ireland's second half equaliser against England on 11 June 1990 at the Sant'Elia Stadium in Cagliari, Sicily.
Sheedy played in the other four matches that Ireland played in the finals in Italy. This included the memorable penalty shoot out against Romania in which Sheedy took the first penalty as Ireland won 5-4 to qualify for the quarter finals.
Kevin Sheedy played his last match for Ireland on 9 September 1992 against Latvia in a 1994 World Cup qualifier. Ireland won the match 4-0 and John Aldridge scored a hat trick. Sheedy's last goal for Ireland was the opening goal on that day. It was his ninth goal in 46 appearances for Ireland.
Kevin Sheedy - Liverpool & Republic of Ireland Statistics
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