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Tommy Docherty
Personal information
Full nameThomas Henderson Docherty
Date of birth(1928-04-24) 24 April 1928 (age 85)
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
Playing positionRight half
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1947–1949Celtic9(3)
1949–1958Preston North End323(5)
1958–1961Arsenal83(1)
1961–1962Chelsea4(0)
1965Sydney Prague (loan)1(0)
Total420(9)
National team
1951–1959Scotland25(1)
1952–1953Scotland B2(0)
Teams managed
1961–1967Chelsea
1967–1968Rotherham United
1968Queens Park Rangers
1968–1970Aston Villa
1970–1971Porto
1971Scotland (caretaker)
1971–1972Scotland
1972–1977Manchester United
1977–1979Derby County
1979–1980Queens Park Rangers
1981Sydney Olympic
1981Preston North End
1982–1983South Melbourne
1983Sydney Olympic
1984–1985Wolverhampton Wanderers
1987–1988Altrincham
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
 
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Tommy Docherty
Personal information
Full nameThomas Henderson Docherty
Date of birth(1928-04-24) 24 April 1928 (age 85)
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
Playing positionRight half
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1947–1949Celtic9(3)
1949–1958Preston North End323(5)
1958–1961Arsenal83(1)
1961–1962Chelsea4(0)
1965Sydney Prague (loan)1(0)
Total420(9)
National team
1951–1959Scotland25(1)
1952–1953Scotland B2(0)
Teams managed
1961–1967Chelsea
1967–1968Rotherham United
1968Queens Park Rangers
1968–1970Aston Villa
1970–1971Porto
1971Scotland (caretaker)
1971–1972Scotland
1972–1977Manchester United
1977–1979Derby County
1979–1980Queens Park Rangers
1981Sydney Olympic
1981Preston North End
1982–1983South Melbourne
1983Sydney Olympic
1984–1985Wolverhampton Wanderers
1987–1988Altrincham
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas Henderson "Tommy" Docherty (born 24 April 1928 in Gorbals, Glasgow), commonly known as "The Doc", is a Scottish former football player and manager. Docherty played for several clubs, most notably Preston North End, and represented Scotland 25 times between 1951 and 1959. He then managed a total of 13 clubs between 1961 and 1988, as well as managing the Scottish national team. Docherty was manager of Manchester United between 1972 and 1977, during which time United were relegated to the Second Division but were promoted at the first attempt.

Playing career[edit]

Docherty's football career began when he joined junior football club Shettleston. The turning point in his playing career came in 1946 when he was called up for National service in the Highland Light Infantry.[1] While completing his National service, Docherty represented the British Army at football. On demobilisation, Docherty was offered a contract with Celtic in 1947. He would later say that Jimmy Hogan, the coach, was his greatest influence.[2] However, Docherty found first team places hard to come by at Celtic.

In November 1949, after spending just over two years with Celtic, he joined Preston North End. It was at Preston where he enjoyed the most successful period of his playing career, making over 300 League appearances, and appearing in the 1954 FA Cup Final. At Preston he received the first of his 25 full Scotland international caps. Docherty was part of the Scotland squad at the 1958 FIFA World Cup finals, hosted in Sweden.

He left Deepdale that year to join Arsenal. It was at Arsenal where Docherty would make his last regular appearances as a professional footballer, although he subsequently played a few games for Chelsea, retiring in 1962.

Managerial career[edit]

In February 1961, he was offered the post of player-coach of Chelsea. Less than twelve months later, upon Ted Drake's departure and with the club facing relegation from the top flight, Docherty took over as manager. However, he was unable to keep the club in the First Division and the team was relegated at the end of the 1961–62 season.

Docherty's skill was his ability to spot talented players and to act as a motivator. During his first year in charge he sold many of the club's older players and put together an exciting team of youngsters such as Terry Venables, Bobby Tambling, Peter Bonetti and Barry Bridges. He also changed the club's home colours, switching from white shorts to blue shorts, the combination which remains to this day. The team, nicknamed "Docherty's Diamonds", achieved promotion back to Division One at the first attempt and finished fifth the following year. In 1964–65, Chelsea won the League Cup in April with an aggregate win over Leicester City, but were beaten 2–0 by eventual winner Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final.

He sent home eight players for breaking a curfew before a crucial match at Burnley with the team two points behind League leaders Manchester United. The team that remained lost the match, which all but ended their title chances. He led Chelsea to the FA and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup semi-finals a year later, before reaching the FA Cup Final in 1967, though they lost to Tottenham Hotspur. He resigned in October 1967. The core of the team Docherty had put together, including the likes of Peter Osgood, Charlie Cooke, Ron Harris, Bonetti and John Hollins, went on to win the FA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup under his successor, Dave Sexton. Sexton succeeded Docherty as manager of Manchester United a decade later.

The month following his departure from Chelsea, Docherty became manager of Rotherham United. He left Rotherham after a year and was appointed manager at Queens Park Rangers, only to leave 29 days later. He then became Doug Ellis' first manager at Aston Villa in December 1968, for 13 months. On 19 January 1970, with Aston Villa bottom of the Second Division, Docherty was sacked.

From there he went to FC Porto, where he stayed for 16 months before resigning in May 1971, having failed to usurp Benfica and Sporting. On 2 July 1971, he was appointed by Hull City as assistant manager to Terry Neill, but on 12 September he left to become the caretaker manager of Scotland, with the position becoming permanent in November 1971.

In December 1972, when Frank O'Farrell was sacked as manager of Manchester United, Docherty was poached by Manchester United and quit his job with Scotland to become manager. His first game in charge was against Leeds United at Old Trafford. The game finished 1–1 with Ted MacDougall scoring one of his few goals for United. His reputation immediately endeared him to the Stretford Enders and although United were in serious trouble when he took them over, because of an aging squad, he managed to keep them in the First Division in 1972–73. However, the 1973–74 season saw United continue to struggle and they were eventually relegated to the Second Division.

In the following season, United returned to the top flight as Second Division champions. In 1975–76 they finished in third place in the First Division and also reached the 1976 FA Cup Final. United surprisingly lost 1–0 to Southampton, who were then in the Second Division. Docherty led United to the FA Cup final again in 1977, this time as underdogs against Liverpool. United won 2–1, denying Liverpool the second trophy of a possible treble of League, FA Cup and European Cup.

Shortly afterwards, news that Docherty was having an extramarital affair with the wife of a United physiotherapist, Laurie Brown, became public. He was sacked in a blaze of publicity in July 1977. Docherty was replaced at Old Trafford by the same man who had replaced him at Chelsea, Dave Sexton. The affair also resulted in the end of his marriage to Agnes, who had been his wife since December 1949. She has since died. Tommy later married Mary Brown and they are still together after more than 30 years.[3]

Docherty became manager at Derby County in September 1977, where he stayed for two seasons before resigning in May 1979. His next appointment was at Queens Park Rangers in May 1979. On taking over at Loftus Road, Rangers had been relegated to the Second Division (three years after almost winning the league title) and Docherty had to lift the team spirits to start the new season. New players such as Clive Allen, Tony Currie and Paul Goddard were brought in. Despite this, Docherty had a quick fallout with Queens Park Rangers's star player, Stan Bowles. Docherty made Bowles train with the reserves for several months, before selling him on to Nottingham Forest in December 1979. Although money was spent, Queens Park Rangers finished the season four points short of promotion to the First Division. In May 1980, Docherty was surprisingly sacked by chairman, Jim Gregory, then reinstated after just nine days away. In October 1980, Docherty was sacked for the second time in five months.

This was followed by a short spell in Australia coaching Sydney Olympic in 1981. He returned to England in July that year to manage Preston North End, where he had spent nine years as a player. He left after a few months, returning to Australia to manage South Melbourne until the following year. He also managed Sydney Olympic again in 1983.

Docherty returned to England once more with Wolverhampton Wanderers just after their relegation from the First Division in 1984. However, he was sacked within a year as Wolves headed for a second successive relegation, eventually going on to suffer three relegations in a row. Their dismal 1984–85 season had included a 21-match winless run in the league.[1] Docherty took up his final managerial position at Altrincham on 28 September 1987. He finally retired from management at the end of the 1987–88 season.

After management[edit]

Docherty has since worked as a media pundit and after-dinner speaker.

Statistics[edit]

All-Time Club Performance
ClubSeasonDomestic LeagueFA CupOther CupsTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Celtic1948–49932101113
Total930020113
Preston North End1949–501501000160
1950–514202000440
1951–524201000430
1952–534103000440
1953–542608000340
1954–553933000423
1955–564111000421
1956–573706000430
1957–584011000411
Total3235260003495
Arsenal1958–593814000421
1959–602403000270
1960–612100000210
Total8317000901
Chelsea1961–6240000040
Total40000040
Career Totals4199330204549

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Celtic
Preston North End

As a manager[edit]

Chelsea
Manchester United
South Melbourne

Managerial statistics[edit]

TeamFromToRecord
GWDLWin %
England ChelseaOctober 1961October 1967247121537348.99
England Rotherham UnitedNovember 1967November 19684714161729.79
England Queens Park RangersNovember 1968December 1968410325.00
England Aston VillaDecember 1968January 19704613161728.26
Portugal Porto28 January 19703 May 1971
Scotland Scotland (caretaker)12 September 197111 November 19712200100.000
Scotland Scotland11 November 197122 December 19721053250.00
England Manchester United22 December 19724 July 197721599546246.05
England Derby County17 September 197710 May 19797824213330.77
England Queens Park Rangers11 May 19791 October 19805120161539.22
Australia Sydney Olympic15 February 198114 June 19811766535.29
England Preston North End15 June 19813 December 19811736817.65
Australia South Melbourne16 May 19825 September 19821364346.15
Australia Sydney Olympic13 March 198321 August 19832189438.10
England Wolverhampton Wanderers8 June 19844 July 1985489122718.75
England Altrincham28 September 19874 February 1988
Total81633121626940.56

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wolves Managers From 1885 to Today". Thewolvessite.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  2. ^ "How total football inventor was lost to Hungary". The Guardian. 22 November 2003. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Matches of the Day: How footballing marriages of yesterday compare to Coleen and Wayne's lavish nuptials". London Evening Standard. Thisislondon.co.uk. 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 

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