Football | Irish striker equals Jamie Vardy’s record

David Smith

Eoin Doyle has emulated Jamie Vardy by becoming the first player to
score in 11 consecutive league matches in the top four tiers of
English football since the Leicester striker in 2015.

The Irish forward has scored an astonishing 22 goals already this
season in 20 games for Swindon Town in League Two, where he is on loan from parent club Bradford City.

Doyle has averaged a goal every 87 minutes in the English fourth tier,
and has scored 12 more goals than any other player in the division.

The 31-year-old, who previously played with Shamrock Rovers and Sligo
Rovers, has plundered 15 goals in his last 11 League Two matches.

Doyle scored 11 goals for Bradford in his debut season at the League
Two club last season, but was loaned to Swindon in the summer.

The decision to send the Dubliner on loan was a curious one, given
that he was Bradford’s top scorer in all competitions in his first
campaign with the club.

Bradford’s loss has been Swindon’s gain.

His goalscoring exploits have fired Swindon to the top of the table.
The Robins sit atop the table on 46 points from 22 matches, two points
clear of second-placed Exeter City.

Doyle’s parent club Bradford, meanwhile, are fourth on 40 points, with
a game in hand over the top two.

There have been inevitable rumours about a return to Bradford in
January, but, unsurprisingly, Doyle is content to stay put.

“I want to play for Swindon for the rest of the season, that’s exactly
where I want to be,” Doyle told the Irish Independent.

The Dubliner has been somewhat of a journeyman, with his
two-and-a-half year spell at the Bit O’Red remaining his longest
senior stint at any club.

Since then, the ‘Ginger Pele’ has plied his trade for Hibernian,
Chesterfield, Cardiff, Preston, Portsmouth (loan) and Oldham (loan)
before joining Bradford last year.

Incredibly, he has made five deadline day moves.

Despite moving regularly from club to club, Doyle has scored an
impressive 102 goals in 221 league matches over his career in Britain.

His Bradford contract is set to expire in the summer, but his current
form suggests he won’t be short of suitors.

A return to League One (at minimum) looks likely, whether that’s with
league leaders Swindon – who hope to make his loan deal permanent – or
with a new club.