Eoin Doyle

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Eoin Doyle
Eoin Doyle 2014.jpg
Doyle playing for Chesterfield in 2014
Personal information
Full name Eoin Doyle
Date of birth (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 12 in (182 cm)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Preston North End
Number 13
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)
2013–2015 Chesterfield 69 (32)
2015–2016 Cardiff City 16 (5)
2015–2016 Preston North End (loan) 28 (4)
2016– Preston North End 0 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:00, 29 June 2016 (UTC).


Eoin Doyle (born 12 March 1988) is an Irish professional footballer, currently playing for Championship club Preston North End.

Doyle has previously played for Chesterfield and Cardiff, as well as Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers in his native Ireland and 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 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]

Following a four-year spell with Dublin club Crumlin United, Doyle returned to Shelbourne just as they were demoted after the 2006 League of Ireland season. 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 début 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 Rovers manager, Michael O'Neill.

Sligo Rovers[edit]

Doyle joined Sligo Rovers on 16 July 2009. He scored 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 Sligo lost the match 2–1 to Sporting Fingal.[4]

Doyle contributed 8 goals during the successful 2010 season that saw Sligo 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 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 Sligo finished second in the league and won the 2011 FAI Cup Final. Doyle scored in the Cup Final penalty shootout,[5] where Sligo 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]

2013–14 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 seven goals in six 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 One Player of the Month for September after seven goals in four games.[18] Doyle continued his form in October scoring three goals in two games against Sheffield United and Bristol City.[19][20]

Cardiff City[edit]

On 2 February 2015, Doyle signed for Championship side Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee.[21] He made his début in a 1–1 draw at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday, and later scored his first goal on 21 March against Birmingham City. Doyle went on to score 5 goals in 16 appearances during the remainder of the season.

Preston North End[edit]

Despite being a regular in the Cardiff side the previous season, Doyle was sent on loan to Preston North End for the 2015–16 season on 1 September 2015,[22] and made his debut as a substitute against Derby County on 12 September. It took Doyle a month to find the back the net, where he scored the winner against Nottingham Forest.

Doyle signed permanently for Preston for an undisclosed fee on 29 June 2016.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 January 2016[7][24]
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sligo Rovers 2009 LOI Premier Division 15 3 5 2 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 22 5
2010 35 6 4 0 4 1 3[a] 1 46 8
2011 34 20 5 1 3 3 2[b] 0 4[a] 1 48 25
Total 84 29 14 3 7 4 2 0 9 2 116 38
Hibernian 2011–12 Scottish Premier League 13 1 3 2 0 0 16 3
2012–13 36 10 4 1 1 0 41 11
Total 49 11 7 3 1 0 57 14
Chesterfield 2013–14 League Two 43 11 2 0 1 1 5[c] 1 51 13
2014–15 League One 26 21 6 3 1 1 0 0 33 25
Total 69 32 8 3 2 2 5 1 84 38
Cardiff City 2014–15 Championship 16 5 0 0 0 0 16 5
2015–16 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total 16 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 18 5
Preston North End 2015–16 Championship 16 2 0 0 0 0 16 2
Career total 232 79 29 9 12 6 2 0 14 3 291 97
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in Setanta Sports Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

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 statistics 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. ^ "Cardiff City sign Eion Doyle". BBC Sport. 2 February 2015. 
  22. ^ "Stevie May and Eoin Doyle Join Preston North End". BBC Sport. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  23. ^ "Eoin Doyle Completes Permanent Move". PNEFC. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  24. ^ "Eoin Doyle". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 

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