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Tommy Docherty dead Manchester United Scotland manager dies aged 92



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#Tommy #Docherty, one of football’s great characters who managed #Manchester #United and #Scotland, has died.

#He was 92.

#Affectionately known as ‘The #Doc’, he died on #Thursday (UK time) after a long illness.

“#Tommy passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at home,” a family statement said.

“#He was a much-loved husband, father and papa and will be terribly missed. #We ask that our privacy be respected at this time.”

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#Docherty spent most of his playing career — nine years — at #Preston before joining #Arsenal and then #Chelsea. #He played 25 times for #Scotland.

#He went on to manage 12 clubs, also including #Chelsea, #Aston #Villa and #Derby.

#But he was best known for his five-year spell at #Man. #United, overseeing an FA #Cup final win over #Bob #Paisley’s #Liverpool in 1977.

#Man #United said in a statement on #Twitter: “#We are deeply saddened by the passing of #Tommy #Docherty, who led us to FA #Cup victory in 1977 with a thrilling, attacking team in the best traditions of #Manchester #United.”

#Scottish #Football #Association president #Rod #Petrie said on the organisation’s website: “#Football has lost a tremendous personality in #Tommy #Docherty. #He was tenacious on the park and a great leader off it.

“#Tommy was a regular in the #Scotland side in the 1950s that qualified for two #World #Cups, and his record as #Scotland manager was impressive, albeit cut short by his decision to take the #Manchester #United job.”

#Born in the #Gorbals district of #Glasgow in 1928, #Docherty once said in a #Daily #Telegraph interview of his tough upbringing: “#If you wanted a new pair of shoes you went down the swimming baths in bare feet and just nicked a pair. I didn’t think it was morally wrong. #It was the thing to do.”

#His time at #Preston included an appearance in the 1954 FA #Cup final.

#Although he made a few appearances for #Chelsea after moving to #Stamford #Bridge in #February 1961, the switch brought about his first step into coaching and management.

#He was unable to prevent the west #London club being relegated from the top flight at the end of the 1961-62 season, but the #Blues bounced back at the first attempt.

#In 1964-65 #Chelsea won the #League #Cup with an aggregate victory over #Leicester, but lost the 1967 FA #Cup final to #Tottenham.

A #Chelsea club statement on #Twitter read: “#Tommy was a legend of our game and our thoughts are with his family and close friends at this time.”

The #Glaswegian left to become manager of unfashionable #Rotherham and memorably said: “I promised I would take #Rotherham out of the #Second #Division — and I took them into the #Third.”

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#In #December 1972, with #Scotland on its way to the 1974 #World #Cup finals in #West #Germany, he quit to take over at #Manchester #United.

“#One of my biggest regrets was leaving the #Scotland job when I did,” he later said.

The #Red #Devils were relegated to the #Second #Division in 1974, but stormed back the next season as champions.

#After surprisingly losing the 1976 FA #Cup final 1-0 to second-tier #Southampton, #Docherty led #United to the FA #Cup final again the following year when it beat #Liverpool 2-1.

#However, celebrations did not last as he was almost immediately fired for having an affair with the wife of club physiotherapist #Laurie #Brown.

#Docherty later married #Mary #Brown and they remained together until his death.

They had two children, #Lucy and #Grace, while he had four children — #Tom, #Michael, #Peter and #Catherine — with his first wife #Agnes, who died in 2002.

#Docherty was inducted into the #Scottish #Football #Hall of #Fame in #November 2013.

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