Ex United and Scotland legend Tommy Docherty passed on yesterday, December 31st, aged 92, after a long illness. The news was confirmed by his family through a statement to PA.
According to the family spokesperson, “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 no further comment.”
Docherty popular as ‘The Doc’, started his playing career at Celtic and then sealed a move to Preston North End in 1949. He played over 300 times for the Lilywhites during his 9-year stint at Deepdale. Playing as a right-half at Preston, Docherty won the Second Division in 1951 before helping the club to reach the FA Cup final in 1954.
‘The Doc’ also featured for Arsenal between 1958 and 1961, making 83 appearances.
He also won 25 caps for his country, Scotland, and was in the team that competed in the 1958 World Cup held in Sweden.
Docherty also had a successful coaching career. He coached over12 clubs, including Chelsea, Manchester United, Porto, Aston Villa, and Derby. He won the Football League Cup with Chelsea. He also managed Scotland for one year.
‘The Doc’ is best remembered for his stint at Old Trafford, which lasted five years. Besides winning the Second Division Title for the second time in 1975 with Manchester United, he also led the club to win the FA Cup against Liverpool under Bob Paisley in 1977.
Manchester United has issued an official statement; “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. Everyone at the club sends sincere condolences to Tommy’s loved ones.”
May the champ rest well and we pray for strength for his loved ones and family.