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So Good I Did it Twice: Kevin Sheedy My Life from Left Field Hardcover – 4 Apr 2014
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The book covers his childhood, early football years playing lower division football for Hereford, his years spent languishing in the reserves at Liverpool, making the move across the park to neighbours and rivals Everton where he became a legend during his time there, international footall and World Cup success for the Republic, his latter years at Newcastle and Blackpool, his time as a coach for Tranmere and Everton, and his personal challenges including his battle against cancer.
The most honest thing I can say about the book is that its a pleasant read. Sheedy strikes me as an articulate, calm and nice man, but a side effect of this is that his book lacks a lot of the grit and dirt of most other footballing biographies. I constantly got the feeling that there was probably more to tell - even the notorious brawl in a Chinese restaurant with teammate Martin Keown gets relatively little coverage or explanation, with my feelings being that Sheedy is perhaps just too nice and respectable a man to give us the 'warts and all' version.
The book is also incredibly short at about 250 pages. I had finished with it in about three straight hours of reading in one afternoon - and that was also after spending some time pouring over the list of Kevins career statistics and accolades which are covered in detail at the back of the book.
Additionally, for a player who enjoyed a stellar career I thought there were relatively few pictures in the book, and that some of those included were perhaps not his most iconic ones. For example, Kevin dedicates a chapter to his notorious two-fingered salute to the Liverpool Kop after scoring against them in a derby match, yet doesnt include a picture of this famous moment in his book despite the widespread media coverage it received.
So, 'Sheedy' is a nice book written by a nice player, but it lacks a lot of the dynamism and excitement that the player so often exhibited during his playing career.