The death of Dan Doyle

April 8, 1918
Daniel Doyle, one of the greatest full backs of all time, died yesterday afternoon in a Glasgow hospital. His demise was expected, for he has been suffering for some months from an incurable disease.

Born in Paisley in 1864, all his life Dan took a keen interest in sport of every description. Starting his football career in the humble Slamannan Barnsmuir, Dan was a couple of seasons with Broxburn Shamrock following which he threw in his lot with the Edinburgh Hibernians.

A spell with East Stirlingshire preceded his migration across the Border, where Sunderland Albion was his first club.

Bolton Wanderers had the benefit of his services next, after which he struck up a grand combination in Everton with Andrew Hannah of Renton.

The Celtic came on the scene, and Doyle was brought to Parkhead. That a fully quarter of a century ago, and in 1891-2 Dan partnered Reynolds in a Celtic team which he never tired describing as the best he ever saw fielded by any club.

Doyle had conferred on him all the football honours. He played for Scotland against England in 1892, 1894, 1895, 1897, and 1898; against Wales and Ireland thrice; and figured on nine occasions in Scottish League representative teams.

He represented his country as a bowler, and played a very fine game at billiard.
(Source: Daily Record: April 9, 1918)

Dan Doyle

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