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Season 2011/12

Summerbee leads the tributes to Mike Doyle

  • 28 June 2011 12:42
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

Mike Summerbee led the tributes today to City legend Mike Doyle, who has died aged 64.

Club ambassador Summerbee said of his former team-mate: "He was the heart and soul of Manchester City, the club meant everything to him.

"Mike was somebody you always wanted alongside you when the going got tough. He was a great footballer, a magnificent servant to this club, and he was also a nice bloke into the bargain."

Defender Doyle skippered the Blues to League Cup victory over Newcastle at Wembley in 1976 when Dennis Tueart scored the winning goal with an overhead kick.

Tueart said: "It was a great shock. Asa Hartford, another one of my colleagues in the 1976 team, texted gave me the news and it is very sad.

“Mike was a born winner. He had two periods really as a great player for 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 (at Wembley) he went straight across to the City supporters to acknowledge their support and (it showed) the feeling he had for the club.

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

BBC Manchester pundit Fred Eyre said: "Only two players played more games for City than Mike, so that puts him up there with the all-time greats for a start. The club was deep in his heart.

"The fans loved him because he wasn't frightened to let everybody know how much City meant to him.

The more they let him know what that meant to them, the more he relished it

"He began as a marauding midfielder but when he moved into the back four he became an even better player and that was rightly recognised by England." 

Kevin Parker, general secretary of the Manchester City Supporters Club, said: "Mike was a warrior on the pitch, and as fans we loved his passion and commitment to the cause.

"City liked to play with flair but it would not have been possible without Mike's contribution over a long period.

"We will probably never see his like again, and Mike will always be remembered fondly by the City fans who were lucky enough to see him play."

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