Deadline Day: Eoin Doyle’s road from Shelbourne to Cardiff City

Chesterfield vs Port Vale - Gary roberts and Romuald Boco celebrate with Eoin Doyle after his penatly puts them 2-0 ahead  - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Port Vale - Gary roberts and Romuald Boco celebrate with Eoin Doyle after his penatly puts them 2-0 ahead - Pic By James Williamson

Striker Eoin Doyle became a firm favourite at the Proact Stadium after banging in the goals during Chesterfield’s League Two title-winning season.

The Irishman joined the club from Hibernian in May 2013 and went on to score an impressive 32 goals in 69 games at the club.

Doyle scored 13 goals in all competitions in his first season with the club as Chesterfield lifted the League Two title and lost in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.

But it was during the 2014/15 season that the prolific striker shot himself in to the national spotlight after his 25 goals made him the top goalscorer in England.

Doyle was named Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Month for September after scoring seven goals in four games.

His amazing run also included back to back hat-tricks against Scunthorpe and Preston.

Doyle began his career at Irish side Shelbourne as a youth player in 1998, but never went on to play a game for their first team.

Doyle then moved to Shamrock Rovers in 2007, where he scored five goals during 35 appearances.

His career began to take off following a move to Sligo Rovers in 2009, where he scored 29 goals in 84 matches.

That goalscoring form earned him a big move to Scottish side Hibernian in December 2011.

The 26 year-old scored his first league goal for Hibs during a 4–0 victory against Dunfermline, which secured Hibs’ place in the SPL.

Doyle played his last match for Hibs in the 2013 Scottish Cup Final defeat by Celtic.