HE is known as one of the great promoters of Australia’s game and despite ending his tenure as a coach four years ago, Kevin Sheedy remains a popular footballing figure – even in WA.
That was underlined during a recent appearance by the master coach to promote Kevin Sheedy: The Illustrated Autobiography.
Among the scores who queued last Monday to get their copy signed was Riverton’s Jim Hurst, a former premiership-winning team manager with WAFL club East Fremantle.
Hurst also spent a year in the same role with the West Coast Eagles during their inaugural season in 1987.
He went on to work with South Fremantle’s development squad, taking talented teens to Melbourne during the ‘90s and 2000s.
Despite mixing it with many personalities in the industry he said Sheedy – who he met a number of times – was easily one of his favourite footballing identities.
“He’s just a great man,” Hurst said of the seven-time premiership player and coach.
“He says he’s going to do something and he does it.
“He was always encouraging and happy, interested in what the players were doing and wished them good luck.”Sheedy’s book features more than 300 photographs, covers the ebbs and flows of the last five decades and offers his thoughts on the game as it stands now.
It is filled with contributions from Mark Thompson, Ron Barassi, Dennis Lillee, Greg Chappell and many other sporting identities.
“I’ve got 80,000 photos and I thought I’d share them with the community of footy and people in general,” he said.
“It’s a small picture of what you can do with your life if you give it your best shot.
“People have to remember – and young people in particular – life’s a gift from your parents.
“We didn’t earn it so don’t let them down.”