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Ronnie Coyle

Full name  Ronald Coyle
Name  Ronnie Coyle
Playing position  Defender
Years  Team
Height  1.80 m
Place of death  Glasgow, Scotland
Died  April 12, 2011
Place of birth  Glasgow, Scotland
Role  Footballer

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Date of birth  (1964-08-04)4 August 1964
Date of death  12 April 2011(2011-04-12) (aged 46)

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Ronnie Coyle (4 August 1964 – 12 April 2011) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a defender.

Ronnie Coyle Raith Rovers icon Ronnie Coyle loses his battle with leukaemia aged

Early life

Coyle was born in Glasgow and educated at St. Gerard's Secondary School. Coyle played for Celtic Boys Club and the Scotland Under-15 schoolboy honours team, alongside, among others, Paul McStay, John Robertson and Ally Dick, which defeated England 5–4 in 1980.

Career

Coyle began his professional career as a youngster with Celtic. After just two appearances and a loan period with Clyde, Coyle had a brief spell with Middlesbrough before moving to Rochdale.

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After a year with Rochdale, Coyle moved to Kirkcaldy club Raith Rovers in 1988. In his eight years with Rovers, Coyle won two First Division titles and a League Cup, also playing in Raith's only season in Europe. After helping Rovers secure a mid-table finish in the Premier Division, Coyle moved on to Ayr United, where he spent a season before similar spells with Albion Rovers and East Fife. Coyle finished his career with Queen's Park.

Coyle – who moved out of football and worked in sales and marketing back in his native Glasgow – was part of a number of former Raith players who lent his weight to the 'Reclaim the Rovers' campaign, taking part in a fundraising walk in the summer of 2005.

In April 2009 Coyle was diagnosed with a form of leukaemia for which he was admitted to the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. On 1 May 2010 at half time during the match Ross County, Raith Rovers fans were glad to hear that he was alright. On 27 March 2011 Raith Rovers hosted a benefit match for him involving their 1994 Coca-Cola Cup winning team and the Celtic runners-up team with Celtic coming out on top 4–2 on penalties after a 3–3 draw. Coyle died just weeks later on 12 April 2011 from the disease he had battled. He was survived by his wife Joan and their three children, Kevin, Briony and Georgia.

Honours

Raith Rovers
  • Scottish First Division: 2
  • Scottish League Cup: 1
  • Ayr United
  • Scottish Second Division: 1
  • References

    Ronnie Coyle Wikipedia


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