In memory of Johnny Doyle

Johnny Doyle 1951 – 1981 RIP
To us who are old enough to remember Johnny Doyle will never forget him. When Johnny played with Celtic we had some top class performers, guys who would now cost you £10m+ but Johnny was the best of the bunch.
To give our younger supporters and idea of the kind of feeling the wee man generated think of the excitement you all feel when Paddy McCourt comes on. Like Paddy Johnny doyle had all the skill in the world but he also had pace and a right cheeky grin. In a lot of ways he was my generations Jimmy Johnstone.
I was only 12 when he played his first game for Celtic although my greatest memory of him was when he scored against Real Madrid with a header at Celtic park in 1980.
Johnny was a true Celt like many before him he was a fan who lived the dream and a hero of the Jungle. He was a fiery character who often gave referees a hard day at the office. However that only underlined his passion for Celtic.
Sadly we lost the wee man on this day in 1981 to a tragic accident at his home. The team went on to win the league that season and with the fans dedicated it to Johnny Doyle.
RIP Johnny.
After scoring against Real Madrid

Comments

  1. Johnny Doyle was indeed a true celt but I’m afraid his skill level was not as high as some of the greats you have mentioned. The one thing that Johnny Doyle had that none of the present day have is a pure unadulterated love of the Jersey. John Doyle absolutely loved playing for Celtic and was just a fan who knew he had achieved his biggest ambition by playing for Celtic. I truly wish we had some of the present day mercenaries playing in the same team as JD, as I’m sure they would be in for a very rude awakening, if they tried to pass off their present performances as acceptable to us the fans or JD as a player..
    John Doyle was a true believer in Celtic and would give his very best every time he pulled his beloved hoops jersey over his head.
    God rest you Johhny, 30 years later and you are still sadly missed.

  2. Johnny Doyle was indeed a true celt but I’m afraid his skill level was not as high as some of the greats you have mentioned. The one thing that Johnny Doyle had that none of the present day have is a pure unadulterated love of the Jersey. John Doyle absolutely loved playing for Celtic and was just a fan who knew he had achieved his biggest ambition by playing for Celtic. I truly wish we had some of the present day mercenaries playing in the same team as JD, as I’m sure they would be in for a very rude awakening, if they tried to pass off their present performances as acceptable to us the fans or JD as a player..
    John Doyle was a true believer in Celtic and would give his very best every time he pulled his beloved hoops jersey over his head.
    God rest you Johhny, 30 years later and you are still sadly missed.

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