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John Sheridan

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John Sheridan (20.0K)  John Sheridan (38.3K)  John Sheridan (41.9K)

Position Central midfielder
Born 01 Oct 1964, Stretford (England)
Height 177 cm
Weight 76 kg
International Caps Republic of Ireland: 34 full, 1 B, 2 U21, ? Youth

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 02 Mar 1982 03 Aug 1989 267 52 £650000
Nottingham Forest 03 Aug 1989 03 Nov 1989 1 0 £500000
Sheffield Wednesday 03 Nov 1989 13 Nov 1996 243 33 £180000
Birmingham City 09 Feb 1996   4 0 on loan
Bolton Wanderers 13 Nov 1996 01 Jun 1998 36 2 £0
Doncaster Rovers 01 Jun 1998 20 Oct 1998     £0
Oldham Athletic 20 Oct 1998   140 11  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1982 - 1983 272 21 0  0  0 
1983 - 1984 111 0  0  0  0 
1984 - 1985 426 1  3  0  0 
1985 - 1986 31(1)4 0(1)  3  0  2 
1986 - 1987 4015 5  2  0  61
1987 - 1988 36(2)12 1  42 0  1 
1988 - 1989 38(2)7 2  21 0  2 
Total 225(5)47 11(1)1 143 0  111

Jabba's Comments

Shez was a great midfielder who signed for Leeds as a schoolboy and was a key part of successive managers' midfields as Leeds tried in vain to escape from Division 2. He was immensely popular with the fans, but despite his talents the team stayed down and when Howard Wilkinson joined, it seemed that the disciplinarian Wilko couldn't find room in his side for the talented but occasionally hotheaded Sheridan and he was transferred to Forest.

He only played one game for Forest, but stayed longer at Sheffield Wednesday, scoring a penalty against Leeds at Hillsborough (but since Leeds scored the other 6 goals on that day we didn't mind too much). He's still in the game, turning out for his old team-mate Andy Ritchie at Oldham, operating in the centre of midfield and voted "Player of the Year" by the supporters. Although Ritchie is no longer in charge, Shez has remained at Oldham continuing to impress with his skill and vision.

Ciaran Diver says: John Sheridan was my boyhood hero! He was for Leeds in the 80s what Jan Molby was for Liverpool, a genius at passing and a joy to watch. I was gutted when Leeds sold him. He was one of the most naturally gifted midfielders I've seen and I'm glad to hear that he's still turning it on for Oldham.

Rick Wallis says: Being an avid Oldham Athletic fan, I can tell you this guy is a god. When he plays, everything goes through him. He has vision, poise and control that gives him an extra yard on opponents. I believe that he has recently accepted an offer from OAFC to become a coach at the club when he eventually retires - I hope it is not for a couple of seasons yet though!!

Emma says: John Sheridan is my absolute hero. I have been a Wednesday supporter since the age of 12 and I am now 25. The best goal he scored for Wednesday was in 1991 against Luton Town when he scored from a free kick. Phil King rolled it back to him and he just flicked it up with his right foot into the top corner. Sheer class!!! I've met him a few times, and as well as being one of the finest players ever to wear a Wednesday shirt, John is also one of the nicest guys you could wish to meet. Been to Oldham a couple of times and he is still doing the business. David Pleat should never have sold him

Sean Murray says: One of the best Leeds players of all time. Great vision, skill, laser-guided passing. The goal when he lobbed the ball over the Derby Co wall was cos-bloody-mic.

Ivan Bralić says: i am a big wednesday fan from croatia.i started suporting wednesday after watching john sheridan play for republic of ireland on the road for Usa 1994.Best passer of the ball I ever watch.Gazza eat yourself

Steve says: a peerless passer of the ball. great free kicks. thanks for the memories, john.

Johnny Lord says: leeds legend.....still have a t-shirt from the 80's with just the words shezza is god.... Carried round the pitch by leeds fans at the end of one season...says it all really. Cheers for the memories shezza...and even thanks for that goal that beat the scum for wednesday at wembley....i just know you were thinking of the gelderd end when you hit that

J.Cameron says: The best passer of a ball i've ever seen.I force the sunday side i coach to watch him on video.God,some of the so called stars we've had to try and replace him aren't fit to tie the mans boots.If only Wednesday could clone him.

James Wales says: Shez is good mates with my uncle and I had the honour of meeting on a few occasions. At 7 years old I went to Elland Road to buy the new shirt for the 88 season but they had none in my size. We went to Shez's house and he gave me his Leeds shirt and also the shirt he wore for Ireland in the 88 Europeon Championships (although he never actually got on). The guy is a legend. He was the greatest passer of the ball I have ever seen and it was a pleasure to meet him.

Dale H says: A god...have to agree with emma..that goal against luton but dont forget the rumbleows cup final against man utd in 1991..he may have gone my fellow wednesdayites but we will playing against him in div 2 next season. If anyone went to David Hirst's testimonial get in touch with me dez_guvnor@hotmail.com

Danielle says: He used to nick the sweets and crisps out of the drawer that me and my cousin had saved for our midnight feast!!!

Adie says: I'm a Leeds fan of many years, and for all the European nights I still remember the good old days of the second division, Shez was 'the man' a proper Leeds hero, good to see he is still doing the buissness.

Keith Holmes says: Saw Sheri play for Leeds in a more loyal era than now. He was always destined for greater things. Later saw him play for Wednesday a few times and have been to Oldham a couple of times - a class act!

Richard Clegg says: An amazing performance for Oldham against Sheffield Wednesday.

lee says: there are two words for john sheridan world class

chris lynch says: John Sheridan, a proper wednesday legend. him, hirsty and waddle WERE the 90's. get yourself back to hillsboro jonno!!! Pay attention chris turner!!

Richard Dunkerley says: Quite simply one of the finest players to ever pull on an owls shirt. Thanks Big Ron for signing him. My favourite memory was the game in our promo season when he scored 2 goals after a run of poor games and penalty misses. He gave it to the crowd! AFter the dross that has played for us since, Owls fans must now be pretty embarassed that they would ever criticize our sherry.

Ray Toulson says: Wednesday Legend - John was true class -A great footballer - a pleasure to watch - the linch pin of a great Wednesday side who won the league cup in 1991 and gained promotion the same year then finished 3rd in the premiership and reached both cup finals in 1993.


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