Eoin Doyle

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Eoin Doyle
Eoin Doyle 2014.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Chesterfield
Number 17
Youth career
1998–2001 Shelbourne
2001–2002 Cherry Orchard
2002–2006 Crumlin United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Shelbourne 0 (0)
2007–2009 Shamrock Rovers 35 (5)
2009–2011 Sligo Rovers 84 (29)
2011–2013 Hibernian 49 (11)
2013– Chesterfield 61 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:34, 23 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Eoin Doyle (born 12 March 1988) is an Irish footballer, currently playing for Football League One club Chesterfield. Doyle has previously played for Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers in his native Ireland and for Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League.

Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Doyle was born in Dublin and had a very successful underage career which included playing for the U15 Republic of Ireland national football team. He began his underage club career at then Irish champions Shelbourne however after three years he for left for Cherry Orchard in 2001. He was widely tipped to make the move to English football within a few years as his coaches believed him to be of such a standard.

Shelbourne[edit]

Doyle returned to Shelbourne just as they were demoted after the 2006 League of Ireland season, following a four-year spell with Dublin club Crumlin United. He was one of new boss Dermot Keely's first signings and was expected to make a large impact at the club, his time there was cut short and he was released soon afterwards after a disappointing spell for him and the club.

Shamrock Rovers[edit]

Later on in the 2007 season he signed for Shamrock Rovers. He was promoted from the U21s to the senior squad during the 2007 season, making his debut against Waterford United on 10 August 2007.[1] It was speculated that he would move to a different club following former manager Pat Scully's departure however he remained at the club for the 2009 season. He was a substitute for Stephen Bradley in the first game at Tallaght Stadium.[2] Unfortunately for Doyle he did not become a major player under new Shamrock manager, Michael O'Neill.

Sligo Rovers[edit]

Doyle joined Sligo Rovers on 16 July 2009. He scored for Rovers on his debut in a 2–0 win over St. Patrick's Athletic.[3] He also scored in the 2009 FAI Cup Final at Tallaght Stadium, however Rovers lost the match 2–1 to Sporting Fingal.[4]

Doyle contributed 8 goals during the successful 2010 season that saw Rovers win both domestic cups, the FAI Cup and the EA Sports Cup. Doyle did very well when forced to play as a centre-forward in the FAI Cup final win and scored one of Rovers two penalties in the shoot-out. The 2011 season proved to be his best to date. Early on in the season he was moved into the centre-forward position. He relished the role, scoring a hat-trick in a 3–1 win over Bray Wanderers and at one stage was the league's leading scorer. Doyle ended up scoring 25 goals as Rovers finished second in the league and won the 2011 FAI Cup Final. Doyle scored in the Cup Final penalty shootout,[5] where Rovers ran out victorious 4–1 against Shelbourne. His contract with Sligo expired at the end of the season.[5]

Hibernian[edit]

In December 2011, Doyle played in a closed-doors friendly match for Hibernian.[5] The Scottish Sun reported that Aberdeen and Ipswich Town were also interested in signing him.[6] Doyle signed an 18-month contract with Hibernian later that week.[5] He made his first team debut in a 3–1 defeat against Edinburgh derby rivals Hearts. Doyle scored his first goal for Hibs on 7 January, in a Scottish Cup victory at Cowdenbeath.[7] He scored the only goal of the game in the next round of the Scottish Cup, against Kilmarnock on 4 February.[7] Doyle did not start a game for more than two months, until an appearance against St. Mirren in late April, where he missed some chances as Hibs lost 1–0.[8] A week later, however, Doyle scored his first league goal for Hibs during a 4–0 victory against Dunfermline, which secured Hibs' place in the SPL.[9]

BBC Radio Sheffield reported on 3 April 2013 that Doyle had agreed to sign for English Football League Two club Chesterfield.[10] Shortly after this announcement, Doyle scored the equaliser in the Scottish Cup semi-final, in which Hibernian overcame Falkirk 4–3 after extra time after having initially been behind 3–0.[11] Doyle played his last match for Hibs in the 2013 Scottish Cup Final defeat by Celtic.[12]

Chesterfield[edit]

Following his agreement to sign for Chesterfield in April 2013, Doyle formally signed for the club on 31 May.[12] Doyle said that the presence of manager Paul Cook, who had worked with him at Sligo Rovers, was an important factor in his decision to join Chesterfield.[12]

2013-2014 season[edit]

Doyle scored 13 goals in all competitions in his first season with the club, in a season that saw the club promoted to League One and reach the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final.[13][14][15]

2014-15 season[edit]

Doyle started the season brilliantly scoring 7 goals in 6 games including a hat-trick against Scunthorpe.[16] Three days later Doyle scored another hat-trick this time against Preston.[17] Doyle was named Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Month for September after 7 goals in 4 games.[18] Doyle continued his form in October scoring 3 goals in two games against Sheffield United and Bristol City.[19][20]

Honours[edit]

Sligo Rovers
Hibernian
Chesterfield F.C.

Statistics[edit]

As of 11 October 2014[7][21]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[22] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sligo Rovers 2009 15 3 5 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 22 5
2010 35 6 4 0 4 1 0 0 3 1 46 8
2011 34 20 5 1 3 3 2 0 4 1 48 25
Total 84 29 14 3 7 4 2 0 9 2 116 38
Hibernian 2011–12 13 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 - 16 3
2012–13 36 10 4 1 1 0 0 0 - 41 11
Total 49 11 7 3 1 0 0 0 - 57 14
Chesterfield 2013–14 43 11 2 0 1 1 0 0 5 1 51 13
2014–15 19 16 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 13 15
Total 55 25 2 0 2 2 0 0 5 1 64 28
Career Total 187 67 23 6 10 6 2 0 14 3 236 80

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Waterford Utd. 0 Shamrock Rovers 2". www.shamrockrovers.ie. Shamrock Rovers FC. 10 August 2007. Archived from the original on 31 May 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2013. Debutant Owen Doyle then headed wide from a Tyrell corner in the 25th minute 
  2. ^ "Shamrock Rovers 2–1 Sligo Rovers". RTÉ Sport (RTÉ). 13 March 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "New signings off to flyer against Pats". www.rte.ie (Sligo Rovers). 27 July 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sligo Rovers 1–2 Sporting Fingal". RTÉ Sport (RTÉ). 22 November 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Hibernian sign up striker Eoin Doyle". BBC Sport (BBC). 22 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Martin, Robert (21 December 2011). "Dons join Doyle hunt". The Scottish Sun (News International). Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c Eoin Doyle career stats at Soccerbase
  8. ^ Hardie, David (1 May 2012). "Hibs' Eoin Doyle vows to bounce back after missed chances". Edinburgh Evening News (Johnston Press). Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hibs run riot in front of biggest home crowd this season". Edinburgh Evening News (Johnston Press). 8 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Chesterfield set to sign Hibernian striker Eoin Doyle". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Lindsay, Clive (13 April 2013). "Hibernian 4–3 Falkirk". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "Hibernian striker Eoin Doyle signs for Chesterfield". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Games played by Eoin Doyle in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. 
  14. ^ "Chesterfield promoted to League One after Wycombe draw". BBC Sport. 22 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Johnstone's Paint Trophy: Peterborough defeat Chesterfield in Wembley final". Sky Sports. 31 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Chesterfield 4-1 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 13 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Preston North End 3-3 Chesterfield". BBC Sport. 16 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Eoin Doyle named Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Month". The football league. 10 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Chesterfield 3-2 Sheffield United". BBC Sport. 4 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Bristol City 3-2 Chesterfield". BBC Sport. 11 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Eoin Doyle". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  22. ^ includes Setanta Cup and Football League Trophy

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