Manchester City legends Mike Summerbee and Tommy Booth honour former teammate Mike Doyle at new Reddish North End football clubhouse.
A junior football clubhouse named after a Manchester City legend has been built in the place he grew up. The Mike Doyle Centre was officially opened by the late star’s teammates Mike Summerbee and Tommy Booth. Stockport council spent £400,000 transforming a former nursery school in Reddish into the clubhouse.
Former Blues captain Doyle was an integral part of the team that won the First Division title, FA Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cup and League Cup between 1968 and 1970. Mike Summerbee at the opening of the Mike Doyle Centre He made 550 appearances for City and also won five England caps over an illustrious career. He was born in Ashton but lived on Farley Way and Longford Road in Reddish as a child. He died last June at the age of 64 after suffering liver failure. His family, including widow Cheryl, son Scott, daughter Stephanie and grandson Thomas, attended the opening ceremony. Scott said he hoped it would produce plenty of budding City players for the future.
He added: “When my dad grew up in football, things like this weren’t around. To use his name, for the family and for him, he’d be a very happy man.” Unveiling a commemorative plaque, Summerbee said: “He was an exceptional player, a real professional. “If you wanted a guideline to grow up to be, Mike Doyle was the person to do that. “He was a very special person in our hearts. He’ll be up there and he’ll be so proud of it.”
The centre, which is on the old Fir Tree Nursery School site on Browning Road, will house Reddish North End Football Club, a junior club with 17 teams. Several football pitches will be created on school fields and the club is planning an AstroTurf pitch costing £170,000. Reddish councillor Paul Moss, who had the idea to name the centre after Doyle, said: “Not many lads come from Reddish and go onto play for England and captain Manchester City. “Hopefully with all the work of Reddish North End FC he will be the first of many.”