CELTIC DAFT: The Johnny Doyle Story

The first ever biography of legendary Celt and fans’ favourite Johnny Doyle.

Johnny Doyle came from a Celtic-daft family in Viewpark, Lanarkshire and had to be persuaded to give up his local supporters club membership to try and become a professional footballer.

Under Ally MacLeod’s guidance at Ayr United in the club’s most successful-ever period, teenage Doyle went on to win international honours before Celtic spent a record fee to take the flying winger to his spiritual home.

He was one of Scottish football’s most controversial and memorable characters before his tragic death at the age of 30.

This is his story.

Foreword by Johnny’s daughter Joanna Doyle.

Text length – 331 pages

Cover design and layout by Kinghorn Creative – visit here: kinghorncreative.wordpress.com

Cost: £15 (includes postage to UK and North of Ireland)

The is the fourth publication from Shamrock Books.


CELTIC DAFT – The Johnny Doyle Story

The biography of Celtic and Ayr United legend Johnny Doyle. Includes postage to addresses in UK and North of Ireland.


Postage – Books are issued by First Class post without tracking. If you wish the book to be sent either Tracked or With Signature for added security this costs extra – please email theshamrock@outlook.com for a quote before submitting payment via PayPal.

If you wish for the book to be sent to Europe or beyond please also email theshamrock@outlook.com for a quote before submitting any payment via PayPal.

Signed Copies/Messages – copies signed by the author are available. Please send an email to theshamrock@outlook.com with details of the message you would like included (or indicate if just wish for book to be signed).


From the Celtic View:

Interview with Paul John Dykes on A Celtic State of Mind (ACSOM):

Review from St. Anthony on Celtic Underground:

“If you saw Johnny play for Celtic then you need to buy this book – you won’t be disappointed. If you’re too young to have seen him play then buy it and read up on the man who was everything that a Celtic player should be.”

Read the full review here: http://celticunderground.net/book-review-celtic-daft-the-johnny-doyle-story/

Interview with Andrew Milne, editor of More Than 90 Minutes Celtic fanzine on the Grand Auld History podcast:

Review by Celtic historian David Potter on the Celtic Star site:

“Certainly the book does well to recapture the spirit of Johnny, and a lot to recapture the atmosphere at Celtic Park in these turbulent and not always happy times. We could have done with more photographs, particularly action ones, but the book is a very good read, and a welcome addition to the Celtic library with many stories that I had never heard before. It is a book which I wanted to keep reading, so well done Paul McQuade and Shamrock Books!”

Full review available here: https://thecelticstar.com/book-review-celtic-daft-the-johnny-doyle-story-by-paul-mcquade/

Interview with Celtic author Liam Kelly on The Celtic History Podcast :

Listen here: https://anchor.fm/celtichistorypodcast/

Many thanks to all those who took the time to review the book and also offered up the opportunity to talk about it and the research undertaken into Johnny’s life and career. Truly appreciated.


The Johnny Doyle Story £15.00 – includes postage to UK and north of Ireland


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