Colin Doyle (footballer)

Colin Doyle (footballer)
Colin Doyle
Doyle signing autographs at St.Andrews in 2011
Personal information
Full name Colin Anthony Doyle
Date of birth 12 June 1985 (1985-06-12) (age 26)[A]
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Birmingham City
Number 13
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003– Birmingham City 25 (0)
2004 Chester City (loan) 0 (0)
2004–2005 Nottingham Forest (loan) 3 (0)
2005 Millwall (loan) 4 (0)
2005–2006 Millwall (loan) 10 (0)
2010 Coventry City (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Republic of Ireland U21 4 (0)
2007 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
2007– Republic of Ireland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:20, 23 May 2011 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:20, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

Colin Anthony Doyle[2] (born 12 June 1985 in Cork, County Cork)[1][A] is an Irish footballer who plays for Birmingham City as a goalkeeper. Before playing soccer he played both Gaelic football and hurling with his local club Douglas.


Club career

Having signed a professional contract with Birmingham City as an 18-year-old, he has had loan spells at Chester City and Nottingham Forest, during neither of which he saw much first-team action. His first competitive match in English football was a 1–0 win for Chester against Rochdale on 2 November 2004 in the Football League Trophy.

He played his schoolboy football in Ireland with Douglas Hall in Cork from Under 8 up to Under 15, when he joined Birmingham City. He has progressed through the Birmingham ranks and made his competitive debut against Shrewsbury Town in the 2006–07 League Cup, keeping a clean sheet in the 1–0 win. He followed up this appearance with his League debut against Cardiff City, where Birmingham lost 2–0. In February 2007 he started a run of first team appearances in the Championship, including a game against Wolverhampton Wanderers in which he made a series of good saves and saved a penalty in the latter stages of the game from Michael McIndoe, the game ending with Birmingham City winning 3–2 and returning to the top of the Championship. Doyle proved to be an able replacement for first choice Maik Taylor and his series of good performances helped Birmingham to promotion in 2007. His excellent form was rewarded with a place in the starting line-up for the first three games of the 2007–08 Premier League season. After a difficult start however, Taylor regained his position as first-choice goalkeeper. Following the loan signing of Joe Hart from Manchester City for the 2009–10 Premier League season, Doyle slipped to third choice, behind Hart and Taylor, a position he retained following Hart's replacement by England international Ben Foster and Taylor's signing a contract extension.

On 10 August 2010 Doyle signed on loan for Coventry City as emergency cover, coming in for the League Cup match against Morecambe while Kieren Westwood was away on international duty,[3] but was recalled only a day later because of an injury to Foster.[4] Doyle played his first game for Birmingham since April 2009, a 3–2 win against Coventry in the FA Cup fourth round,[5] and kept his place for the fifth-round tie against Sheffield Wednesday, keeping a clean sheet as the home side won 3–0.[6] He made his first Premier League appearance since August 2007 as a first-half substitute for the injured Foster, conceding three times as Birmingham lost 5–0 at Liverpool in April.[7]

After Birmingham were relegated at the end of the 2010–11 season, Doyle signed a one-year contract extension.[8]

International career

In August 2006, Doyle played against Greece away for Ireland Under 21s and kept a clean sheet in a 2–0 victory.[9] He made his first appearance for the senior national team, starting in a 1–1 friendly draw with Ecuador on 23 May 2007. The match was at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.[10]


A. a b : Doyle's date of birth is given as 12 June by Birmingham City F.C.,[1] the Football Association of Ireland,[10] and UEFA.[9] However, Soccerbase[11] and Hugman's PFA Footballers' Who's Who[2] have 12 August.


  1. ^ a b c "Player Profiles: Colin Doyle". Birmingham City F.C.,,10412~30116,00.html. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J, ed (2005). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2005/2006. Queen Anne Press. p. 117. ISBN 978-1-85291-662-1. 
  3. ^ "Coventry City sign Birmingham City keeper on month's loan". Coventry Telegraph. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Poole, Alan (12 August 2010). "Colin Doyle recalled from Coventry City loan". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Tattum, Colin (31 January 2011). "Birmingham City 3, Coventry City 2". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Birmingham 3–0 Sheff Wed". BBC Sport. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Tattum, Colin (25 April 2011). "Alex McLeish on Colin Doyle's dramatic reintroduction to the Birmingham City side". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Doyle Pens Extension". Birmingham City F.C. 25 April 2011.,,10412~2366551,00.html. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Colin Doyle". UEFA. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Colin Doyle". Football Association of Ireland. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Colin Doyle All time playing career". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 

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