Ireland Goalkeeper Colin Doyle Showed Incredible Commitment To Play Two Games In Two Days
Ireland goalkeeper Colin Doyle displayed an incredible level of commitment over the last few days, turning out for both his country and club two days apart.
The 32-year old was given his second cap for the Republic of Ireland against Turkey, 11 years on from their first time he featured on the international stage.
Doyle would normally have the likes of Darren Randolph, Keiren Westwood and Rob Elliot ahead of him in the pecking order but they were all unable to play and so he got the nod in Friday's 1-0 defeat, where he played the entire game.
Though top-level football has been put on halt in the UK, Doyle's club, League One Bradford City, were in action against Gillingham.
Not wanting to miss out on the game, the former Birmingham man took two flights in 24 hours in order to be in goal for the Bantams' home game at Valley Parade.
What a 24hrs it's been. Playing for my country and then back to play for Bradford and get a very important 1-0 win. Need to sleep now :sleeping::flag_ie: @bcafcofficial @umbro @faireland pic.twitter.com/rU6g2kNBJE- Colin Doyle (@ColinDoyle01) March 24, 2018
:muscle: He played a full game for the Republic of Ireland in Turkey last night and it has taken two flights for him to get here but it hasn't stopped Colin Doyle being in the starting line-up for the Bantams this afternoon. :airplane::flag_tr::arrow_right::flag_ie::arrow_right::flag_black:- Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) March 24, 2018
What a man! :clap: #BCAFC pic.twitter.com/Q8QhYOgi9n
His superb dedication was rewarded with a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory, and he received a whole lot of love from fans on Twitter as a result:
Absolutely brilliant from our No.1. Beyond the call of duty- Chris Hall (@DirewolfBCFC) March 24, 2018
Bradford City's goalkeeper Colin Doyle played 90 minutes for the Republic of Ireland last night in TURKEY.- Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) March 24, 2018
Two flights later and he was back in the sticks for the Bantams this afternoon for their league game against Gillingham!
What F*CKING guy! :clap::clap::clap: pic.twitter.com/uFTZK4k4IL
Remarkable: Colin Doyle is starting today for Bradford City against Gillingham. Just the 4,000km journey from Antalya to play his second game in under 24 hours.- Neil O'Riordan (@noriordan) March 24, 2018
After going above and beyond to play 90 minutes for both club and country in two days, Doyle is more than deserving of a relaxing kip!