Tommy Docherty

Scotland international wing-half Tommy Docherty gained the last three of his 25 caps while at Arsenal.

Initially with Celtic, he joined Preston in 1949 and won the Second Division title in 1950/51. After a lengthy career at Deepdale he moved to Arsenal for £28,000 in August 1958 after travelling to that summer's World Cup with Scotland. 

Docherty scored once in 83 First Division games before becoming Chelsea's player-coach in February 1961.

Appointed manager seven months later, he also had spells in charge of Rotherham, QPR, Aston Villa, Porto, Scotland, Manchester United, Derby, Preston and Wolves.

(With thanks to Leigh Edwards)


In the 1950s my Dad took me to Highbury as a teenager. It was the real low for the team and it was three games before we scored. Along came Tommy and he inspired the team to finish high in the league and brought the best out others in particular Dave Bowen
Anthony, NSW, Australia

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