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THE DOC PASSES AWAY AT 92

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TOMMY DOCHERTY, the former Scotland international team boss, has passed away at the age of 92.

The Glaswegian, who started his career at Celtic, died following a long illness on Hogmanay.

As well as managing the Scots from September 1971 to December 1972 before quitting for Manchester United, The Doc managed 12 clubs – including Chelsea, Aston Villa and Derby – during a 27-year coaching career.

He had a colourful five-year reign at Old Trafford guiding the team to a famous English FA Cup Final win over Bob Paisley’s Liverpool in 1977.

Docherty died at home in the north-west and a family statement read: “Tommy passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at home.

“He was a much-loved husband, father and papa and will be terribly missed.”

The Doc was in charge during United’s relegation to the Second Division in 1974 – their first spell outside the top flight for 36 years – but he returned them to the First Division as champions in 1975, before going on to win the FA Cup two years later.

A United statement on Twitter read: “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.”

Docherty made his name as a manager at Chelsea, where he became player-boss in 1961 before becoming full-time coach when he ended his playing career a year later.

He took the club back into the First Division in 1963 and won the League Cup in 1965, and was also responsible for introducing Bobby Tambling and Peter Bonetti, who went on to become club legends.

Docherty also had a spell in charge of Porto between 1970 and 1971 and coached in Australia towards the end of his career.

The charismatic character kicked off his playing career at Parkhead before moving to Preston, where he won the Second Division in 1951 and reached the FA Cup final in 1954.

A Preston tweet read: “Everyone at Preston North End is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former player and manager Tommy Docherty, who made over 300 appearances for the club.

“Our thoughts are with Tommy’s loved ones at this sad time.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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