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My Matchday: Kevin Sheedy

Blues legend talks about his matchday routine of the 1980s.

My Matchday: Kevin Sheedy
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Last month, a new series started on evertonfc.com 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.
 
Don't forget you can share your gameday rituals and be in with a chance of winning a very special prize – just visit evertonfc.com/WeGoTheGame now.
 
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.

1985 side
 
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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