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The Long March - Reflections From a Lifetime in Football

March 24, 2013 4:00 PM

Let us hope we continue to show the way in Australian football—to make our game the architecture in human relationships.

Across more than 1000 games as a player/coach, Kevin Sheedy has seen it all—both on and off the field. 

The Long March combines a series of punchy essays in which Kevin Sheedy reflects on his illustrious career and the future of our great game as it continues its long march up the east coast of Australia.

A relentlessly outspoken leader, educator and provocateur at the forefront of football’s evolving landscape, Kevin Sheedy pushes the boundaries on topics as diverse as Australia’s Indigenous history, rugby and Israel Folau, and winning premierships. Other topics in The Long March include the evolution of Greater Western Sydney, the concept of a night Grand Final, the role of the media, tanking, and the MCG’s place in the hearts of football purists.

The Long March details the players and personalities who’ve influenced Kevin Sheedy’s career, from Ron Evans, Max Basheer, Ron Casey and Mike Sheahan, to Eddie McGuire, James Hird, Paul Roos and Warwick Capper. Outside of football, life-changing meetings with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Oasis star Liam Gallagher, legendary cricketer Sir Donald Bradman and spin-king Shane Warne are also described.

Controversial, knowledgeable, philosophical, and political, The Long March captures the musings of a football master as he offers a no-holds barred perspective on life as he knows it. The book also includes photos from Kevin Sheedy’s personal collection.

A legend of the game, Kevin Sheedy is the Greater Western Sydney coach and a former player in the Victorian Football League. He played 251 games 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.

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