Mike Sheahan

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Michael Sheahan
Born (1947-03-04) 4 March 1947 (age 72)
ResidenceMelbourne, Victoria
OccupationSports journalist
EmployerFox Footy, 3AW, Herald Sun
Known forYearly Top 50 players list
ChildrenTony Sheahan, Kate Sheahan

Michael "Magic Mike" Sheahan (born 4 March 1947) is an Australian journalist who specialises in Australian rules football. He was chief football writer and associate sports editor for the Herald Sun for eighteen years. Although he left these positions at the end of 2011, he still writes special columns for the newspaper, including his yearly "Top 50" player list. He was also a panelist on the Fox Footy program On the Couch and former media director for the Australian Football League (AFL, formerly VFL). He also joins Brian Taylor, Matthew Richardson, Matthew Lloyd and Leigh Matthews in the 3AW radio station's pre-match football discussion on Saturday afternoons. In addition he conducts a weekly interview program on Fox Footy, Open Mike. In February 2018 he joined a podcast with former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas and original host of The Footy Show Sam Newman entitled "Sam, Mike and Thomo", it airs once weekly and talks about all trending topics, with a sprinkling of commentary on AFL.

Sheahan attended Werribee High School and started his journalistic career with the Werribee Banner. He then began work with The Age newspaper in Melbourne before moving to The Herald and subsequently the Herald Sun where he has been a long-time sports writer. His opinionated pieces have drawn some criticism, but he has established himself as one Australian rules football's most prominent writers. Sheahan also worked with the Seven Network on their late-night football talk show, Talking Footy and formally appeared on Fox Sports' On The Couch with Brownlow Medallist Gerard Healy and Sydney Swans premiership coach Paul Roos.

One of his most widely known contributions to football writing is his bi-annual list of the Top 50 players in the Australian Football League. Sheahan prepares a ranked list at the beginning of each season of the 50 players he believes will be the best or have the most influence during the upcoming year; then, another list at the end of the season ranking the 50 best players of the year. The lists are always hotly debated. In 2008, Sheahan was given the task by the AFL to compile a list of the Greatest 50 players of all time, to be published in the book The Australian Game of Football, which honoured the 150th anniversary of Australian rules football.[1]

The media centre at AFL House in Melbourne is named in his honour.[2]

Sheahan is the cousin of former Test cricketer Paul Sheahan. He had a brief football career himself, playing 55 senior matches for the Werribee Football Club in the Victorian Football Association.[3] Sheahan has stated, when commenting on which team he supports, that he is more a fan of the game, than of a particular team, but has stated he has a soft spot for the Melbourne Football Club.[4][2][5].


  1. ^ Sheahan, Mike (15 March 2008). "Mike Sheahan's AFL top 50 players". Herald Sun. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b "New AFL media centre named after Mike Sheahan". Herald Sun. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  3. ^ Mike Sheahan (31 October 1995). "Nombers don't add up over Werribee axing". Herald Sun (Afternoon ed.). p. 70.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9KXurht0xk
  5. ^ McClure, Geoff (7 April 2005). "Barrack? My word we do". The Age. Retrieved 30 January 2010.

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