Kevin Sheedy is Richmond’s next Homecoming Hero for the 2024 season.

The Tigers will pay tribute to Sheedy in the lead-up to Sunday’s twilight clash with Greater Western Sydney at the MCG.

Sheedy will walk to the Punt Road end, where he’ll receive the plaudits of the Tiger Army.

He’ll then kick a ceremonial goal, while highlights of his superb playing career are shown on the MCG’s screens.

Richmond recruited Sheedy from VFA club Prahran, where he had been a star centreman.

Sheedy’s arrival at Tigerland was steeped in controversy.

He had made his senior debut with Prahran at just 16 years of age and shown considerable promise.

With his home located in Melbourne’s metropolitan zone, Sheedy received, and accepted, an invitation to try out with the Demons.

But after playing a few practice matches at Melbourne, Sheedy opted to return to Prahran, and he went on to be a key member of the club’s VFA second division premiership team in 1966.

Richmond then became extremely interested in securing Sheedy’s services and approached Melbourne for permission to speak with him.

That was duly granted, and Sheedy subsequently agreed to join the Tigers.

There was a catch, however, because although Prahran agreed to release him, the VFA refused to grant his clearance because of a disagreement with the VFL at the time over transfer fees.

Sheedy moved to Richmond minus a clearance and, without the transfer fee of $5000 being paid, incurred an automatic five-year suspension from the VFA as a result.

He lined up with the Tigers for the first time at senior level against Fitzroy at the MCG on Saturday, April 29, 1967, in what turned out to be a drought-breaking Tiger premiership season.

Richmond won a scrappy encounter that day by 25 points, with Sheedy a handy contributor in the centre as a replacement for injured Tiger star Bill Barrot, picking up 18 disposals and taking three marks.

Unfortunately for Sheedy, he managed only another five senior appearances for Richmond in 1967 with his season finishing prematurely due to a serious knee injury, thereby depriving him of the opportunity to be part of the Tigers’ glorious premiership triumph.

The following year Richmond coach Tommy Hafey came up with a masterstroke move, shifting Sheedy into a back pocket to mind the opposition’s resting rovers.


Sheedy, with his toughness, fierce determination and discipline, combined with good skills, quickly developed into one of the best smaller defenders in the competition.

He gained Victorian State selection for the first time in 1969 as a back pocket and starred in the role for the next three years.

At half-time of the 1972 Grand Final, with Richmond trailing Carlton by 45 points in a goalscoring blitz, Hafey came up with another inspired move with Sheedy, switching him to an on-ball role as a ruck-rover.

Sheedy showed good signs throughout the second half of the ’72 premiership-decider, which the Tigers lost by 30 points.

He subsequently became a a top-class ruck-rover, producing two of his very best performances in Richmond’s back-to-back Grand Final victories of 1973-74.

When the Tigers turned the table on Carlton in the 1973 Grand Final, it was Sheedy who lit the fuse, kicking all three of the team’s first-quarter goals and finishing with 24 disposals, five marks and the three goals in a dynamic display.


A year later, when Richmond made it back-to-back flags by decisively defeating North Melbourne in the ’74 Grand Final, it again was Sheedy who led the way for the Tigers.

Had there been a Norm Smith Medal handed out that day for best afield in the Grand Final (the inaugural one wasn’t until 1979), there’s every likelihood it would have gone to Sheedy, who had a game-high 29 disposals, took six marks and booted two goals.

There was one moment in the ’74 premiership-decider that encapsulated what Sheedy was all about as a player.

It came during the second quarter with North Melbourne having seized the initiative and opened up a two-goal lead.

With the crowd getting right behind them, the underdog Kangaroos’ confidence was soaring, and they seemed set to build substantially on their advantage.

But just when the situation was starting to look grim for Richmond, wily Tiger Kevin Sheedy stepped up to conjure the most audacious act of trickery ever seen in a League Grand Final.

The ball was kicked deep into Richmond’s forward line, where Sheedy bobbed up to take a clever mark right next to the behind post.

Degree of difficulty for the shot at goal was severe, but if ever his team needed a six-pointer, this was it.

So, the crafty Sheedy hatched a plan that ultimately revived Richmond’s seemingly flagging fortunes and knocked the stuffing right out of the Roos.

Sheedy was a picture of concentration, with his head steady over the ball, as he ran in to take the crucial kick for goal from the tight angle.

At the last second, however, Sheedy stunned the crowd of 113,839 by handballing over the head of his North Melbourne opponent on the mark, Brad Smith, to Tiger teammate, Michael Green, who was unguarded on the goal line.


Green dribbled through the easiest goal you could ever see . . . and the pendulum swung completely back Richmond’s way after that.

The Tigers went on to record a 41-point victory and capture their ninth league football premiership.

Sheedy would go on to win the Jack Dyer Medal in 1976 and captain the Club in 1978, before retiring as a player the following year.

It had been a stellar career by a player renowned as one of the shrewdest to have ever participated at the game’s highest level.


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Kevin Sheedy profile

Born: December 24, 1947

Height: 180cm

Playing weight: 81kg

Recruited to Richmond from: Prahran (VFA)

Guernsey number at Richmond: No. 10

Debut at Richmond: Round 3, 1967 v Fitzroy, MCG

Games at Richmond (1967-79): 251

Goals at Richmond: 91

Honours at Richmond: Triple premiership player (1969, 1973, 1974), Jack Dyer Medal winner (1976), Club captain (1978), Richmond Team of the Century member, Tigers Hall of Fame inductee

Richmond's Homecoming Heroes since 2014...

2014, Rd 2: Michael Green 2014, Rd 4: Kevin Bartlett 2014, Rd 6: Bryan Wood
2014, Rd 13: Kevin Morris 2014, Rd 14: Wayne Walsh 2014, Rd 16: Barry Richardson
2014, Rd 19: Rex Hunt 2014, Rd 20: Francis Bourke 2015, Rd 2: Bill Barrot
2015, Rd 5: Andrew Kellaway 2015, Rd 7: Mark Lee 2015, Rd 9: Derek Peardon
2015, R12: Dale Weightman 2015, R15: Matthew Richardson 2015, R17: Dick Clay
2015, R20: Barry Rowlings 2016, R6: Matthew Rogers 2016, R7: Jake King
2016, R8: Nick Daffy 2016, R12: Nathan Foley 2016, R14: Dan Jackson
2016, R17: Scott Turner 2016, R20: Jim Jess 2016, R21: John Ronaldson
2016, R22: Graeme Bond 2017, R2: Roger Dean 2017, R3: Richard Clay
2017, R8: Mick Malthouse 2017, R10: Michael Mitchell 2017, R13: Shane Tuck
2017, R14: Paul Broderick 2017, R18: Stephen Mount 2017, R20: Graham Burgin
2017, R23: Trevor Poole 2018, R3: Michael Roach 2018, R4: Michael Gale
2018, R7: Craig Lambert 2018, R10: Stephen Rae 2018, R16: Chris Naish
2018, R19: Tony Jewell 2018, R20: Gareth Andrews 2018, R22: Mark Eustice
2018, R23: Nathan Brown 2019, R2: Geoff Raines 2019, R9: Darren Gaspar
2019, R10: Andrew Krakouer 2019, R12: Jeff Hogg 2019, R17: Greg Tivendale
2019, R18: Ivan Maric 2019, R21: Tony Free 2019, R22: Merv Keane
2019, R23: Michael Pickering
2021, R7: Chris Hyde 2021, R8: Kayne Pettifer
2021, R17: Lionel Proctor 2022, R2: Jacob Townsend 2022, R4: Joel Bowden
2022, R8: Brett Deledio 2022, R10: Phil Egan 2022, R13: Kelvin Moore
2022, R14: Sam Lloyd 2022, R16: Ben Holland 2022, R20: Brett Evans
2023, R1: Neil Balme
2023, R4: Robert McGhie
2023, R8: Laurie Fowler
2023, R9: Bachar Houli
2023, R11: Shaun Grigg
2023, R14: John Howat
2023, R17: Mike Perry
2023, R19: Craig McKellar
2023, R20: Bruce Monteath
2024, R2: Matt White
2024, R8: Reece Conca
2024, R11: Shane Edwards
2024, R14: Cameron Clayton
2024, R16: Mark Coughlan
2024, R18: Kevin Sheedy