Ex-Sheffield United midfielder Michael Doyle helps Notts County to win - playing in goal!
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Ex-Sheffield United midfielder Michael Doyle helps Notts County to win - playing in goal!

Former Sheffield United midfielder Michael Doyle played the majority of Notts County’s game on Tuesday night in goal.

Doyle was moved between the sticks just 18 minutes into Notts’ National League match with Dagenham and Redbridge.

It was after goalkeeper Sam Slocombe was sent off early on and there was no substitute stopper on the bench.

At that points the Magpies were only leading 1-0. But they went onto win the match 3-1 as Doyle put in a fine display.

The 39-year-old made some good saves and was only beaten in injury time in the second half when Matt Robinson scored a consolation for Dagenham.

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“The gaffer (Neal Ardley) and Greg (Abbott, assistant manager) were having a bit of a laugh, saying they might have to put me in there if it comes to injuries,” Doyle told BBC Radio Nottingham.

“I played a lot of Gaelic football when I was a kid, at our local GAA club at St Marks in Tallaght, and I loved it. So thank goodness all those years of playing helped me with catching the ball and all that.”

Michael Doyle at Sheffield United

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Some Blades fans might be surprised to learn that Doyle is still playing, considering the veteran turns 40 in August.

The one-time Republic of Ireland international spent four-and-a-half years at Bramall Lane during a tricky time for the club.

Six months after Doyle joined United, they were relegated from the Championship.

His next four years in South Yorkshire were spent playing in League One, although he was a mainstay and solid performer in midfield.

Doyle left for Portsmouth in the summer of 2015 having played 231 times for the Blades. During that time they reached the playoffs three times.

Doyle has previously admitted he loved his time at Bramall Lane, but is frustrated he didn’t win anything.

After two years with Pompey, he returned to Coventry City for 18 months before signing for Notts in January 2019.

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