31 Dec 2020


Tommy Docherty, who has sadly passed away at the age of 92, was an accomplished player and manager whose career in the game spanned over 40 years and across four different countries.

Docherty’s first managerial role came at Chelsea in 1961, where he led the club to the 1964-65 League Cup. Spells at Rotherham United, QPR, Aston Villa and Porto followed before he returned to Scotland to lead his country as manager, taking up the position in November 1971.

In 1972, Tommy was offered the opportunity to manage Manchester United, where he would win the Second Division in 1974-75 and The FA Cup two years later, beating Liverpool 2-1 in the final.

After leaving Manchester, Docherty took over at Derby County for two seasons before rejoining QPR for a second spell. A move to Australia with Sydney Olympic came in 1981, with a brief return to England to manage Preston North End before spells at South Melbourne and Sydney Olympic. In 1984, he was appointed as manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers in his final managerial role in the professional game.

Tommy was inducted into the Scottish Hall of Fame in 2013.

LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “I first met Tommy 40 years ago and I always enjoyed the times we spent together. He really was ‘once met, never forgotten’.

“He had a fantastic sense of humour and always came up with a very rapid and often amusing response to any situation.

“As everyone in football will know, Tommy was hugely enthusiastic about the game and was extremely capable throughout his long and impressive career.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing and send my sincere condolences.”

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: “The LMA pays tribute to Tommy Docherty, who graced the English game as a player and a manager at the highest level. He led eight clubs across the football league, represented his country on and off the pitch and won both major domestic cup competitions during his remarkable career.

“Our thoughts are with Tommy’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”