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Kevin Doyle
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Personal information
Full name Kevin Edward Doyle
Date of birth 18 September 1983 (1983-09-18) (age 26)
Place of birth Adamstown, Ireland
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 29
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 St Patrick's Athletic 10 (0)
2003–2005 Cork City 75 (25)
2005–2009 Reading 154 (55)
2009– Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 (6)
National team
2002–2005 Republic of Ireland U21 11 (6)
2006– Republic of Ireland 28 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:59, 15 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:11, 30 May 2009 (UTC)

Kevin Edward Doyle (born 18 September 1983) is an Irish international footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He has previously played for St Patrick's Athletic and Cork City in his homeland before he moved to English side Reading. He was part of Reading's record-breaking promotion to the Premier League in 2006.


Club career

Early career

Doyle signed for 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.

Cork City

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.[1] [2]


On 7 June 2005, Doyle signed for Reading on a two year deal from Cork City[1] for €117,000[2] (about £78,000).[3] 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 the equalising goal at Leicester City that got the Royals promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their history on 25 March 2006. 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[4]. He was named the official Reading FC player of the season for 2005-06.[5] In April 2006, he was also named as Championship Fans' Player Of The Year[6] and one of the Championship Team of the Year[7] 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 1 September 2008, he was linked with a move to Aston Villa but in end 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 Burnley.

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.

Doyle 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.[8][9] 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.

International career

Doyle has played for the Republic of Ireland U21 team, making his debut on 2 February 2004 against Portugal. With 11 caps, 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.[10]

He was called up to the senior Republic of Ireland squad in October 2005,[11] making his full international debut against Sweden at Lansdowne Road on 1 March 2006.[12] His first start in a competitive international was against Germany on 2 September 2006 in a Euro 2008 qualifier.[13] 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.[14]

Doyle scored his first goal for Ireland against San Marino in November 2006.[15] 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.[16]

His second goal came in a 1-0 victory over Slovakia at Croke Park in March 2007.[17] He also scored against Ecuador on 23 May 2007 securing a valiant 1-1 draw against the South Americans,[18] 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 Championships qualifying game in Bratislava.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

Doyle has been nominated as the Football Association of Ireland Player of the Year for 2007,[22][23] as well as for Goal of the Year for his goal against Slovakia in September 2007.[22]

Career statistics

All-Time Club Performance
Club Season England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Wolves 2009-10 20 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 22 6
Wolves Total 20 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 22 6
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 168 60 4 1 7 0 0 0 177 61
Last updated 20 October 2009 (Statistics for career in English leagues only).


Cork City



  1. ^ "Reading complete double Cork deal". BBC Sport. 2005-06-07. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  2. ^ "Own Goal - The Slow Death of Irish Soccer". The Dubliner. October 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  3. ^ "Bargain buy set to hit the heights". The Guardian. 2006-08-16.,,1851437,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  4. ^ "Coca-Cola Championship Top 10 players". PA Sport. 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2006-05-16. 
  5. ^ "Doyle wins player of the season after his superb first campaign for the Royals". 2006-05-02.,,10306~823740,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  6. ^ "Rooney's top dog in the Prem - and there are divisional awards for Doyle, Flahavan and Hawley too". Professional Footballers' Association. 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2006-05-16. 
  7. ^ "The PFA Team of the Year: Coca-Cola Championship". Professional Footballers' Association. 2006-04-23. Retrieved 2006-05-16. 
  8. ^ "Wolves make Doyle record signing". BBC Sport. 2009-06-30. 
  9. ^ "Doyle - No Wolves doubts". Sky Sports. 2009-06-30.,19528,11699_5407638,00.html. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  10. ^ "FIFA World Youth Championship 2003 - Ireland Squad". FIFA. 2006-04-23.,3694,WYC-2003-3-IRL-6537,00.html. Retrieved 2006-05-16. 
  11. ^ "Doyle called up to Republic squad". BBC Sport. 2005-09-27. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  12. ^ "Rep of Ireland 3-0 Sweden". BBC Sport. 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  13. ^ "Germany 1-0 Republic of Ireland". BBC Sport. 2006-09-02. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  14. ^ "Father to collect on Doyle bet". The Times. 2006-09-02. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  15. ^ "Rep of Ireland 5-0 San Marino". BBC Sport. 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  16. ^ "Doyle receives top Irish young player award". 2007-02-05.,,10306~976002,00.html. Retrieved 2007-02-05. 
  17. ^ "Republic of Ireland 1-0 Slovakia". BBC Sport. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  18. ^ "Ecuador 1-1 Ireland". ESPNsoccernet. 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  19. ^ "Slovakia 2-2 Rep of Ireland". BBC Sport. 2007-09-08. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  20. ^ Quartet key to Irish formula
  21. ^ Kevin Doyle's fast-track to the top
  22. ^ a b "FAI and eircom announce nominations for eircom International Awards". Football Association of Ireland. 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  23. ^ "Duo up for player of the year". 2007-12-20.,,10306~1195721,00.html. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 

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Kevin Doyle
Personal information
Full name Kevin Edward Doyle
Date of birth 18 September 1983 (1983-09-18) (age 27)
Place of birth    Adamstown, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 29
Senior clubs
Years Club
Waterford United
St. Patrick's Athletic
Cork City
Wolverhampton Wanderers
National team
2006- Republic of Ireland

Kevin Doyle (born 18 September 1983) is an Irish football player. He plays for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Republic of Ireland national team.

Club career statistics

[1] [2]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Republic of IrelandLeague FAI Cup Football League of Ireland CupTotal
2001/02Waterford UnitedFirst Division5050
2002/03St. Patrick's AthleticPremier Division100100
2003Cork CityPremier Division335335
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League CupTotal
2005/06ReadingLeague Championship451831305119
2006/07Premier League321310103413
2008/09League Championship421800004218
2009/10Wolverhampton WanderersPremier League
CountryRepublic of Ireland 90259025
England 15555414016356
Total 24580414025381

International career statistics

Republic of Ireland national team



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