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Kevin Doyle




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Republic of Ireland

Doyle’s career began at Cork City in 2003 alongside Shane Long. He started off playing right-wing, but soon relocated to striker where he scored 25 times for Cork, and received a standing ovation in his final appearance for the club against Finn Harps.

When the unassuming Wexford-born forward joined Steve Coppell’s ranks in the summer of 2005, few would have dreamed of the impact he would make at Madejski Stadium.

Yes, he had pedigree, the 21-year-old had been Cork’s star striker, but in English football, he was untried and untested.

From the moment he scored his first of 29 Madejski Stadium goals, the winner against Burnley at the end of August, Royals’ fans realised they had stumbled across an unhidden gem.

His meteoric rise was well documented. Come the end of his first season, the club had broken countless records in storming to the title, earning a place in the Premier League and 19-goal Doyle had been named Player of the Season – and in addition, his first two full international caps were to follow that summer.

In the top flight, he slotted home from the spot here to earn the Royals a point against the mighty Manchester United, bagged two in a 6-0 annihilation of West Ham at Madejski stadium on New Year’s Day 2007 and, staying loyal to the club after relegation from the top tier, he remains one of the few Royals players to score successive hat-tricks at Madejski Stadium, firing two trebles in home games against Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday in 2008.

Play-Off heartbreak meant the Royals couldn’t hold onto the Irish diamond any longer and Doyle joined Wolves in 2009, but he remains a much-loved character in Reading’s hearts.

Throughout his time at Wolves he scored 30 goals in 157 appearances, a good record for any striker although his form at Reading simply couldn’t be beat.

In the 2014 January transfer window, he was loaned out to Championship side QPR as they pursued an instant return to the Premier League. He scored on his debut against Burnley and notched one against us when the Royals visited Loftus Road that February.

Doyle’s latest move has seen him transfer to Colorado Rapids, where he played until he retired in 2017.