Michael Doyle says 09-10 season with Leeds United the most special moment in his career

Elland Road Revie Stand

The Portsmouth midfielder was an integral member of the Leeds side promoted back to the Championship.

One former Leeds United player has now picked out a season at Elland Road as the most special in his career.

Michael Doyle spent the 2009-10 season on loan at Leeds United from Coventry City and helped the club to promotion from League One to the Championship after two play-off failures in the past two seasons in England's third tier.

He has told the Daily Mail today that, despite beating Manchester United at Old Trafford with Coventry and various cup runs with Sheffield United in his career, it was that season with Leeds he considers the most special:

"I’d say getting promoted with Leeds was the most special because promotion is what you want as a player. You do it over the course of the season.

"That’s the only promotion I’ve had, so it was a brilliant achievement. It was from League One to the Championship under Simon Grayson (in 2009/10).

"And we beat Man United 1-0 in the FA Cup at Old Trafford that season as well. That was a great game, too."

Leeds made it to the Championship under the guidance of Simon Grayson with the likes of Jermaine Beckford, Robert Snodgrass and Luciano Becchio doing the business on the pitch.

Doyle did not sign for Leeds after that successful campaign. He joined up with Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United a year later and after four years with the club he joined League Two Portsmouth this summer.

Doyle could have chose plenty of big moments in his successful career, including a cap for the Republic of Ireland in 2006.

But that one special season with Leeds still ranks above them all for the 34-year-old Dubliner.

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