Tommy Docherty

Tommy Docherty

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Thomas Henderson "Tommy" Docherty (born 24 April 1928 in Gorbals, Glasgow), commonly known as "The Doc", is a Scottish former football and football manager.

Playing career

Docherty's football career began when he joined non-League Shettleston Juniors. The turning point in his playing career came in 1946 when he was called up for National Service in the Highland Light Infantry. While completing his National Service, Docherty represented the British Army at football. On demobilisation, Docherty was offered a contract with Celtic F.C. in 1947. He would later say that Jimmy Hogan, the coach, was his greatest influence.

However, Docherty found first team places hard to come by at Celtic. In November 1949, after spending just over two years with the club he'd supported as a boy, 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 an FA Cup Final in 1954. At Preston he received the first of his 25 full Scotland international caps. After defying Preston and travelling to the World Cup finals with Scotland, in Sweden in 1958, 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

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