Tuesday 24 October 2017

Adamstown's Kevin at top of his game

IRISH international footballer Kevin Doyle is the youngest of Wexford's new ambassadors at 29 years of age.

Born in Adamstown, Doyle is living every young soccer fans dream as he plays as a striker for Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Wexford whirlwind signed for his first professional club, St Patrick's Athletic, in September 2001 as a free agent. He initially played for the club's under 18 side but, within months, had made his League of Ireland debut.

From there he had a successful stint with Cork City, before moving across the water in June 2005 when he signed for Reading on a two-year deal from Cork City for €117,000.

He stayed with Reading for four years and joined the newly promoted Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers on June 30, 2009, signing a four-year contract for a reported club record fee of £6.5m.

Internationally, Kevin played for the Republic of Ireland under-21 team, making his debut in 2004 against Portugal. With 11 caps and six goats making him joint top scorer at that grade he was also a member of the Irish FIFA World Youth Championship squad in 2003.

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

His first goal for Ireland came in a 1-0 victory over Slovakia at Croke Park in March 2001, and since then his striking capabilities have made him an essential part of the squad.

Doyle was nominated as the FAI Player of the Year for 2007 and won the award in 2009.

He was named Republic of Ireland player of the Year for 2010 while he also earned the Goal of the Year award for Ireland for his magnificent strike in last Septembers Euro 2012 qualifier against Andorra.

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