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Tommy Docherty passed away at 92

Fri 01 January 2021 | 0:39

Tommy Docherty was best known for leading Manchester United to the FA Cup title in 1977.


Manchester United




Tommy Docherty

has died at the age of 92 following a long illness, his family have announced in a statement.

A family spokesperson said: "

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 be no further comment."

Docherty, who was known as 'The Doc', managed 12 clubs - including



Aston Villa

, and


- during a 27-year coaching career.

Docherty began his playing career at


but made his name playing more than 300 league games for

Preston North

End as a right-half in the 1950s. Finishing his career at


and then


, he also represented


25 times and was part of the squad that competed in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

The Lilywhites issued a statement on Twitter which 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."

Docherty presided over United's relegation to the Second Division in 1974, but he returned them to the First Division as champions in 1975, before going on to win the FA Cup two years later against Liverpool.

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



"Everyone at the club sends sincere condolences to Tommy's loved ones."

source: SportMob