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Kevin Edward Doyle (born 18 September 1983 in Adamstownmarker, County Wexfordmarker, Irelandmarker) is an Irish football who is currently playing for Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Club career

Early career

Doyle started his football career playing for Adamstown and his county, Wexfordmarker - playing for future League of Ireland manager Mick Wallace - before moving to his first professional club St Patrick's Athletic in September 2001. Doyle initially played for the club's under 18 side but within months had made his League of Ireland début. He then had a successful spell with Cork City which he joined in February 2003. Doyle scored 25 goals for Cork City where he began playing on the right-wing but soon reverted to his natural position of striker. He also scored two goals from six appearances in the UEFA Intertoto Cup.[229988] [229989]

Reading

On 7 June 2005, Doyle signed for Reading on a two year deal from Cork City for €117,000 (about £78,000). Despite having left Cork City, Doyle received a championship medal when they won the League of Ireland Premier Division in November 2005. Originally, he was signed as a back-up, but an injury to Dave Kitson gave him an opportunity in the first team which he retained thanks to a number of important goals (including one in the very match he replaced Kitson). He became an intrinsic part of Reading's Championship-winning 2005–06 squad, and according to the Actim Index was one of the top players in the Championship. He was named the official Reading FC player of the season for 2005-06. In April 2006, he was also named as Championship Fans' Player Of The Year and one of the Championship Team of the Year by the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA).

Doyle played an important role for Reading in the 2006–07 Premier League season. His first Premiership goal came in the Royals' 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa, when he headed Reading in to a third-minute lead. Doyle began to show a great threat in the air, during the year 2007 he scored more headers than any other player in England's leagues. Reading were relegated in the 2007–08 season, but they managed to hold onto Doyle and many of their top players.

On 1st September 2008, he was linked with a move to Aston Villa but in the end they didn't make any bid for him, so he remained at Reading.

Doyle remained at Reading to try and help them bounce back to the top flight in the 2008–09 season. The club failed to achieve this after finishing fourth and losing in the play-offs to .

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.

He joined newly-promoted Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee, reported to be a club record £6.5 million, in a four-year deal on 30 June 2009. On 21 July he underwent an operation to remove a hernia which would keep him out for two weeks. After picking up a further minor injury whilst playing for the Republic of Ireland, Doyle was forced to sit out the start of the 2009–10 premiership campaign before making his Wolves debut as a half-time substitute at Manchester City. He scored his first goal for the club in the 2-1 home win against Fulham on 20 September 2009. He scored his second goal for the club on 27 September 2009 against Sunderland, and hit his third against Everton on the 17th October.

International career

Doyle has played for the Republic of Ireland U21 team, making his debut on 2 February 2004 against Portugal. With 11 cap, and scoring six goals making him joint top scorer at that grade, he was also a member of the Irish FIFA World Youth Championship squad in 2003.

He was called up to the senior Republic of Ireland squad in October 2005, making his full international debut against Sweden at Lansdowne Roadmarker on 1 March 2006. His first start in a competitive international was against Germany on 2 September 2006 in a Euro 2008 qualifier. With this appearance, his family also won a €100 bet at 100/1 they had placed two years earlier on Doyle playing competitively for Ireland.

Doyle scored his first goal for Ireland against San Marino in November 2006. He was then named the official Football Association of Ireland Young Player of 2006 on 4 February 2007, also receiving a nomination for the senior award.

His second goal came in a 1-0 victory over Slovakia at Croke Parkmarker in March 2007. He also scored against Ecuador on 23 May 2007 securing a valiant 1-1 draw against the South Americans, and he scored his best goal for Ireland, with a long-range left-foot shot into the top corner to the keeper's right, in a 2-2 draw against Slovakia on 9 September 2007 in the 2008 European Championship qualifying game in Bratislavamarker. His fifth international goal and fourth in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign came away to Wales as Ireland drew 2-2.

During 2010 World Cup qualifying, Doyle established himself as Robbie Keane's ideal strike partner in the national team's attacking quartet that included Damien Duff and Aiden McGeady. He played in 8 of the 10 games, scoring two goals, including the first in a 2-1 win in the opening game against Georgia. He also scored against Cyprus, his seventh international goal, in a 2-1 win in Nicosia. In the absence of Robbie Keane, Shay Given and other players who had been allowed to return to their clubs, Doyle captained Ireland for the first time in a friendly against South Africa on the 8 September 2009.

Doyle has been nominated as the Football Association of Ireland Player of the Year for 2007, as well as for Goal of the Year for his goal against Slovakia in September 2007.

Career statistics

All-Time Club Performance
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Wolves 2009-10 6 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 3
Wolves Total 6 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 3
Reading 2008-09 39 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 39 18
2007-08 36 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 6
2006-07 32 13 1 0 1 0 0 0 34 13
2005-06 45 18 3 1 3 0 0 0 51 19
Reading Total 152 55 4 1 4 0 0 0 160 56
Career Total 156 57 4 1 5 0 0 0 165 57
Last updated 20 October 2009 (Statistics for career in English leagues only).


Honours

Cork City

Reading

References

  1. Quartet key to Irish formula
  2. Kevin Doyle's fast-track to the top


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