Tommy Doyle. Remember the name.
You may be thinking that surname rings a bell?
City Under 15 captain Tommy Doyle is the grandson of City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe.
The late Mike captained City to League Cup glory in 1976 (something which Tommy will hope to follow suit with) and had an undeniable hatred for the red side of Manchester, which made him a certain fan-favorite in the terraces.
Glyn is still the Blues youngest ever servant for the club, at 15 years and 314 days. He spent his whole playing career at City and scored the winning goal in the League Cup victory in 1970, a versatile hero who established himself at left-back during our most successful era.
Tommy is certainly living up to the legacy that his surname withholds, the 15-year-old leads his City compatriots out week-in-week-out and features regularly for the U16s.
It’s not just at City where Doyle is making a name for himself as he has also captained the Three Lions not just for his own age group, but a year senior to his own and is touted as one of England’s brightest prospects.
As well as Doyle, City also has four other regular starters among the England U16 contingent, including the likes of Bobby Duncan, cousin to Steven Gerrard and D’Marigio Wright-Phillips, son of cult hero Shaun.
Doyle is a very innovative midfielder, combining technical prowess with a worrying burst of pace. A specialist from a dead ball situation, that would leave a crowd in awe.
He isn’t limited to midfield either, Tommy imposes a goal-threat from practically anywhere in the opposition’s half with a startling ability to finish competently from a vast range of positions.
Comparisons have been drawn to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard from his natural appetite for goal, as well as being proficient when the ball is at his feet. There is no denial City have a very special player in their ranks.
On Friday evening, Doyle captained the U15s to Super Floodlit Cup glory after defeating Arsenal 5-1 in the final in which he bagged an assist. This is their third trophy of the triumphant campaign.
On top of their win, they have all been crowned Under 15 International Champions fending off the renown academies of Ajax and Dynamo Zagreb to the title.
On a collective level, the success achieved is remarkable. Tommy also won Player of the Tournament and has a plethora of individual awards to his name.
It is clear that Tommy Doyle is instrumental in his team’s success, a natural leader with an inbuild desire to play for the club that is so heavily embroiled in his family history.
We are extremely pleased to have an exclusive interview with Tommy, which you can find here discussing his Grandfathers, City, his future and more.
Every City fan wants to see an academy graduate blossom in the first-team, none more so than Tommy Doyle due to his relations with the club, let’s hope he can do us all proud and represent City in the near future.
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