The Celtic Graves Society are restoring the headstone and we are pleased to announce that there will be a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of
Celtic player 1976-1981
At Kilmarnock Cemetery, Grassyards Road, Kilmarnock on Saturday 15th October 2011 at 10.45am (Before Celtic game at Rugby Park at 12.30)
Attendees at the event will include:
Members of the Doyle Family
A representative from Celtic FC
Some former team-mates of Johnny
Jim Craig – Celtic Graves Society Patron
All Celtic supporters are welcome to attend the event and flowers/tributes can be laid at the graveside.
The tragic death of Johnny Doyle in a household accident aged only 30 years old remains one of the saddest days for the current generation of Celtic supporters. Johnny was a whole-hearted winger whose dedication to the Celtic cause was widely known even before he joined the club.
The last Ayr United player to achieve international honours, Johnny came to Celtic at a time of great upheaval during the latter years of Jock Stein’s reign. In his first full season with Celtic the team went on to win the League and Cup double and during this time laid the foundations for an everlasting friendship with the legendary Tommy Burns.
Stories of Johnny’s time at Celtic are legendary. He was the first Celtic player to wear a scarf on his way to game – that he was playing in. His wind-ups on and off the park, his relations with the refereeing fraternity and his part in the sensational 4-2 league decider against Rangers sometimes overshadowed his achievements as a Celt who won three league titles and two Scottish Cups. For many, his greatest moment came with a glorious header to earn the Bhoys a 2-0 win over the mighty Real Madrid in the European Cup in 1980.
When the league championship was won at the end of season ’80-’81 at Celtic Park, the supporters chanted his name in memory of one of the club’s greatest characters. He was renowned as the Celtic support’s man on the field.
Following his death his manager Billy McNeill said: “Johnny Doyle was the epitome of the phrase ‘a true Celt'”.
We hope you can join us in Kilmarnock to honour one of the most popular Celts of the modern era. For more information please visit:
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