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Former City captain Doyle dies

June 28, 2011

Former Manchester City captain Mike Doyle has died at the age of 64.

Mike Doyle
GettyImagesMike Doyle played for Manchester City from 1965 to 1978 after coming up through the youth ranks

Doyle was part of the City team which won the league title, FA Cup, European Cup Winners' Cup and the League Cup between 1968 and 1970, and skippered the side which won the League Cup again in 1976.

He made over 550 appearances for the Blues before moving on to Stoke, Bolton and then Rochdale, and won five England caps.

Dennis Tueart, who scored the winning goal for City in the 1976 final, told Sky Sports News: "It was a great shock this morning - I didn't know he was ill.

"Asa Hartford, another one of my colleagues in the 1976 team, texted me to give me the news and it is very sad. Mike was a born winner. He had two periods really as a great player for Manchester City.

"He was one of the younger players in the Joe Mercer-Malcolm Allison era, but when I came in 1974 he then became my captain and there was no question, he was a fantastic leader on the field.

"The one thing Mike wanted to do was win games for Manchester City. At the end of the game when the final whistle went he went straight across to the Manchester City supporters to acknowledge their support and (it showed) the feeling he had for the club.

"I know I got all the praise for the winning goal, but in my mind Mike was our player of the match, without question."