Mens Team

Tommy Doyle not burdened by legendary grandads

Tommy Doyle does not believe being the grandson of Manchester City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe puts him under any additional pressure.

Doyle Snr. made 570 appearances for the Club, whilst Pardoe remains our youngest ever debutant, with both men winning every domestic honour and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup during their playing careers.

Rather than be weighed down by the burden of expectation, 18-year-old Doyle feels an immense pride at his grandads’ achievements, something which spurs him on as he bids to continue their legacy.


“I don’t see it as a pressure because I am so proud of what they have done for this club,” he said after signing a four-year extension to his current contract.

“It is not an easy thing to do to go out and play games, especially the amount of games both my grandads played.  For me, having the Doyle and Pardoe in me, it is something that will never put pressure on me.

“It is something I am just so proud of and something I believe will almost be correct for me to bring on their legacy. It is the right thing to do.

“It is something they worked so hard for. It is something I have worked so hard for. Both of them, more so my grandad Glyn, have been a part of getting me where I am today.”

Doyle is quick to praise others for they role they have played in his journey to the first team.

Having joined the Academy as an eight-year-old, he progressed through the age groups before making a cherished debut against Southampton in last season’s Carabao Cup.

He counts former women’s team manager Nick Cushing and current women's boss Gareth Taylor amongst his former coaches and hails the impact one-time City winger Mark Kennedy had on his career as part of the Club’s holistic approach to youth development he is now reaping the benefits of.

“I had a good time with Mark Kennedy,” he added. “I had a phenomenal relationship with him. He helped me a lot in the game.

“It is not just because of one coach. All the coaches in my time at this club have helped to get where I am.

“As a young kid, you are taught good values. It is not just about football as whole, it is about being a good person as well and looking after yourself, your team-mates and your family.

“That is the main thing you get taught, especially as a young kid. They are making you into the perfect Manchester player.

“I have been through that stage and I’m at the bit now where it’s the most exciting, with the first team.”

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