Today it was announced that Pompey’s title winning captain, Michael Doyle, is not going to be extending his contract at the club, and will instead return to his former club, Coventry City.  The midfielder will be fondly remembered by Blues’ supporters for the immense passion he showed and his love for a good, old fashioned 50/50 tackle.  Sometimes an essay is not enough to express one’s feelings, so I composed this instead.

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An Ode to Michael Doyle


The skipper, the leader, the rock in midfield,
A warrior, fighter, who never would yield,
So powerful is his desire to win,
He played half a season with a broken shin.

With age just a number, he played every minute,
Of the League Two campaign that saw Pompey win it,
Always happy to tackle, and able to pass,
They say form is temporary but Doyle is class!

If Doyle is remembered for any one reason,
It would surely be last year’s goal of the season,
His drunken delight after taking us up,
And his facial expression when lifting the cup.

A vital player who could attack and defend,
But they say that all good things must come to an end,
And now it is time for our man to depart,
But skipper, you’ve still got a place in our hearts!