Arthur Francis Sheedy
2 March 1901
East Fremantle (1921)
Jack Sheedy (Son)
|Club||League||Career span||Games||Goals||Avg||Win %||AKI||AHB||AMK||BV|
|East Fremantle||WANFL||1918-1920, 1924-1932, 1934||106||92||0.87||—||—||—||—||—|
A rare football talent who combined explosive pace with some of the most adroit foot passing skills of his generation, 'Barney' Sheedy elicited immense admiration and respect on the part of West Australian football supporters of all persuasions throughout an illustrious if frequently injury-undermined playing career that, various temporary 'retirements' notwithstanding, lasted more than a decade and a half. Most of that career - 106 games between 1918 and 1920, 1924 and 1932, and in 1934 - was spent with East Fremantle, where he achieved a status that verged on legendary.
He also spent three seasons at West Perth, and it was while with the Cardinals that he helped Western Australia defeat both the VFL and South Australia in Perth in 1921 to secure the state's first Australian championship win. Sheedy's five interstate appearances also included three games at the 1924 Hobart carnival, including a best afield performance in the victory over South Australia. It is for his achievements with Old Easts that 'Barney' Sheedy is best remembered, however.
Although he was only a member of two league premiership sides (1918 and 1925), his influence at the club was enduring and significant. As a coach, he oversaw a flag in 1931 and a fourth-place finish in 1935, and he continued to help behind the scenes as, at various times, secretary, assistant treasurer, and the club's WANFL delegate until after the Second World War.
Author - John Devaney