Tommy Docherty (1928 – 2020)
Former Manchester United and Scotland manager Tommy Docherty has died at the age of 92 following a long illness, his family have announced in a statement. Docherty, who was known as ‘The Doc’ played for Celtic, Preston North End, Arsenal and Chelsea making a total of 420 league appearances, scoring 8 goals, as well as a further 25 international appearances for Scotland.
Tommy Docherty also managed twelve clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Derby County and Preston North End, as well as a spell in charge overseas at Porto, Sydney Olympic, South Melbourne and of course international manager of Scotland. “The Doc” also guided Manchester United to an FA Cup final win over Liverpool in 1977.
His son Mick Docherty followed in his fathers foot steps playing for Burnley, Manchester City and Sunderland before going into management at Sunderland, Hartlepool United, Rochdale and Gilligham whilst also spending time as assisant manager at Burnley Football Club alongside manager Stan Ternent.
Docherty died at home in the north-west on New Years Eve and a family spokesperson said in a statement, “Tommy passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at home. He was a much-loved husband, father and papa and will be terribly missed. We ask that our privacy be respected at this time. There will be no further comment.”