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Last month, a new series started on exploring the matchday habits and routines of players past and present, members of staff and other notable supporters.
Today, Blues legend and current Under-18s manager Kevin Sheedy talks about his pre-match traditions when gracing Goodison in the 1980s.
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What did you do on the day of a game as a player?

Firstly, we used to make sure we got there nice and early before the game because there wasn't a great selection of shorts in those days and you had to get there and get the right size!
Secondly, I remember before it all changed at Goodison, there used to be a room where we played head tennis before we went out for a warm-up.
I've got lots of great memories from the build-up to games. You could hear the atmosphere building.
When you went out for the warm-up, it was electric. And then, going out for the game, hitting those top steps, running into the Goodison atmosphere - it's something I still miss to this day.
It was truly electric, especially when we were playing well and the house was full. I've got fantastic memories.

Any superstititons?

I was superstitious, yes. I used to put my right sock and right boot on before my left.
A few were like that, but I remember the camaraderie in the dressing room more than anything else.
There were also loads of pranksters and jokes which helped us unwind before kick-off. The likes of John Bailey used to make sure everyone had a laugh and we'd take the mickey out of Big Nev constantly.
There was plenty of dressing room banter before the games, but nearing kick-off it got more serious and we were fully focused.
How about after the game?
We used to socialise - a lot of the lads got on, so we'd mix with our wives and go out for a meal and a few drinks. Not so much when we lost, but that didn't happen very often!
And what are your matchdays like now, with the Under-18s often playing in the morning of a home game?
It's a bit of a mad dash to get to Goodison after coaching in the mornings but we manage. Particularly with the way the team are playing at the moment, it's still very much a great place to be on a Saturday.

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