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Johnny Doyle's Remarkable Personal Club Championship Record Rolls On

Johnny Doyle's Remarkable Personal Club Championship Record Rolls On
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Now aged 42, Johnny Doyle is still one of the driving forces of the Allenwood football team.

Over the weekend, Doyle played in the middle of the park for his side as they caused an upset in the Kildare Intermediate Football Championship by beating Two Mile House.

As he scored six points, the 2010 All Star - who made his Allenwood debut in 1996 - continued his remarkable record of never missing a championship game for the club.

"The body's not too bad," Doyle told 2FM's Game On.

I'm in reasonable shape, no ails or knocks or anything like that.

There are times when the manager will say, 'Look, take a break tonight' - sometimes I would, sometimes I wouldn't. I just play away and don't get too bogged down in what age I am.

If I have something to offer the club, great. If they think I have five minutes in me, I'm available for five minutes or if they think I can start, that's the way it is.

I try to prove myself every time that I go out. I haven't changed that approach from the first day I put on a pair of boots til now.

Though he's never had a bad injury, Doyle doesn't like talking about them.


"I've been lucky with injuries through my career," he said.


"I've never broken any bones and the knees, the ankles and the hips are good. Looking at it from my own point of view, it might be some little thing in the genes.

"I used to worry when I was younger because I was very light. It probably stood to me over the years because I didn't have as much pressure on the joints when I was playing.

"I'm in bonus territory. I'm enjoying my football. There's a lot of young lads in Allenwood and I love going down on a Tuesday and Thursday evening. Everywhere you go, they'll keep telling to keep playing for as long as you can. I've never met anyone who told me I should give it up.


"I'll have loads of time to coach teams but I can only play for a certain window and that window is not just closed just yet, there's a small bit of light getting through. I'll stay going while I can."

Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

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