Born in Gorbals, Glasgow, Docherty’s football career began when he joined junior football club Shettleston. The turning point in his playing career came in 1946 when he was called up for National service in the Highland Light Infantry.[1] While completing his National service, Docherty represented the British Army at football. On demobilisation, Docherty was offered a contract with Celtic in 1947. He would later say that Jimmy Hogan, the coach, was his greatest influence.[2] However, Docherty found first team places hard to come by at Celtic.

In November 1949, after spending just over two years with Celtic, he joined Preston North End. It was at Preston where he enjoyed the most successful period of his playing career, making over 300 League appearances, and appearing in the 1954 FA Cup Final. At Preston he received the first of his 25 full Scotland international caps. Docherty was part of the Scotland squad at the 1958 FIFA World Cup finals, hosted in Sweden.

He left Deepdale that year to join Arsenal. It was at Arsenal where Docherty would make his last regular appearances as a professional footballer, although he subsequently played a few games for Chelsea, retiring in 1962.

Personal information
Full name Thomas Henderson Docherty
Date of birth 24 April 1928 (age 88)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Right half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1949 Celtic 9 (3)
1949–1958 Preston North End 323 (5)
1958–1961 Arsenal 83 (1)
1961–1962 Chelsea 4 (0)
1965 Sydney Prague (loan) 1 (0)
Total   420 (9)
National team
1951–1959 Scotland 25 (1)
1952–1953 Scotland B 2 (0)
Teams managed
1961–1967 Chelsea
1967–1968 Rotherham United
1968 Queens Park Rangers
1968–1970 Aston Villa
1970–1971 Porto
1971 Scotland (caretaker)
1971–1972 Scotland
1972–1977 Manchester United
1977–1979 Derby County
1979–1980 Queens Park Rangers
1981 Sydney Olympic
1981 Preston North End
1982–1983 South Melbourne
1983 Sydney Olympic
1984–1985 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1987–1988 Altrincham

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.