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Funeral for ex-City captain Mike Doyle held

The funeral of former Manchester City captain Mike Doyle has taken place in his home town.

Doyle - the most decorated player in City's history - died last month at the age of 64, after being treated for liver failure.

The father-of-four made more than 550 appearances between 1962 and 1978 and played alongside greats Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee.

His funeral cortege passed Eastlands before the service in Ashton.

Former teammate Tommy Booth said of him: "He was blue through and through."

Another former player, Mike Summerbee, said: "He was a 100% player, a leader on the field and off the field."

In a tribute read during the service his grandson Tommy said; "I'm very much like you granddad. I like Manchester City just like you. When I play for the academy I am so proud to put on a blue shirt."

Doyle signed for City as an apprentice in 1962, making his first team debut two years later.

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

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

After leaving Maine Road, he went on to play for Stoke, Bolton and Rochdale.

He also appeared for England on five occasions.

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