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Kevin Sheedy is a true legend of the Australian game of football. He is a man whose impact has gone beyond that of player —251 games for Richmond from 1967-79—and coach—for Essendon and Greater Western Sydney. Having notched a record-breaking 1000 VFL/AFL games by 2012, Sheedy has been a relentlessly outspoken leader, educator and provocateur at the forefront of football’s evolving landscape as it continues its long march up the east coast of Australia.
Uncompromising in its approach, The Long March is a series of punchy essays that sees Sheedy push the boundaries on topics as diverse as Australia’s Indigenous history, rugby and Israel Folau, winning premierships, the media, and tactics on and off the field. He also reflects on life-changing meetings with the people on his journey, including Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Oasis star Liam Gallagher and legendary cricketer Sir Donald Bradman.
As always, controversial, knowledgeable, philosophical, and political, Sheedy in The Long March gives a no-holds-barred take on life as he knows it.
Kevin Sheedy is an Australian Rules Football (AFL) coach and former player in the Victorian Football League. He played for Richmond during the 1960s and 1970s, before going on to coach Essendon for nearly three decades, retiring in 2007. He holds the AFL record for the most games combined as a player and coach. He is currently the coach for the newly formed AFL team Greater Western Sydney.
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