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9 reasons why Kildare's Johnny Doyle was a Gaelic football great

The Allenwood club man called time on his inter-county career yesterday.

9. He was on the last Kildare team to win the Leinster title back in 2000

Source: Patrick Bolger/INPHO

8. And he’s one of the few Kildare men to captain the county to win silverware in Croke Park

Doyle celebrating the 2012 Division 2 league final victory against Tyrone.

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

7. He made a brilliant impression on his teammates

6. While opponents had huge respect for him as well

5. He finished top scorer in the championship in 2008 and 2010

Doyle scored 2-26 in 2008 from five games with 0-18 coming from placed balls. Two years later he registered 1-49 for Kildare from eight games with 0-32 arriving from placed balls.

Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

4. He represented his country against Australia last year

Source: INPHO/James Crombie

3. He won an Allstar award in 2010

Doyle was recognised for the attacking exploits during this campaign and he was selected at wing-forward on the Allstar side.

Source: Pool/INPHO

2. He survived for 14 seasons in the inter-county senior championship game


Source: Tom Honan/INPHO


Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

1. And this sums up his incredible longevity as a Gaelic footballer

Croke Park to host Division 1 football league semi-final double-header next Sunday

Johnny Doyle retires from inter-county football

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Fintan O'Toole

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