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Manchester City's former captain Mike Doyle dies

Mike Doyle
Image caption Mike Doyle was capped five times for England

Former Manchester City captain Mike Doyle has died at the age of 64 after being treated for liver failure.

He was the most decorated player in City's history and made over 550 appearances between 1962 and 1978.

Doyle played alongside City greats Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee.

After leaving Maine Road, he went on to play for Stoke, Bolton and Rochdale. He appeared for England on five occasions.

Doyle signed for City as an apprentice in 1962 and made his first team debut in the 1964-65 season.

He quickly became an integral part of the Manchester City team that won the League title in 1968, the FA Cup in 1969, and the the European Cup Winners' Cup and the League Cup (both 1970).

He also captained the side that won the League Cup again in 1976.

The father of four from Ashton-under-Lyne was being treated at Tameside Hospital.

BBC Radio Manchester's Manchester City summariser Fred Eyre said: "Mike's been poorly for quite some time and we knew that things were coming to a head in the last 24 hours.

"He was a very, very good player and in his early days he was a marauding midfielder, but a little later on when he got his England caps he moved into the back four where he could see the play even clearer and he was even better when he slotted in there."

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