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Tommy Doc: The Controversial and Colourful Life of One of Football's Most Dominant Personalities [Hardcover]

David Tossell
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10 Oct 2013

Tommy 'The Doc' Docherty was a combative Scotland international wing-half who became a brilliant but erratic manager. His 1960s Chelsea team was a glorious reflection of his colourful personality, and a decade later he reinvented his relegated Manchester United side as a vibrant attacking force.

He was also, however, a hostage to his own decision-making, costing Chelsea a shot at the First Division title when he banned eight players for breaking their curfew. Most famously, he was fired by United after FA Cup glory because he'd fallen in love with the physiotherapist's wife.

He was a much-travelled manager, and 'I've had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus' was among the well-worn one-liners that created the image of 'The Doc' as football's stand-up comedian. But in Tommy Doc, David Tossell looks beyond the wisecracks, interviewing Docherty himself, as well as former players and colleagues, to examine a remarkable career and reveal the personal heartaches behind the laughter.


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178057584X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780575841
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Tossell has been a sports journalist for more than three decades. Currently head of European Public Affairs for the NFL (National Football League) and former Executive Sports Editor of the Today newspaper, he is the author of 12 sports books. Five of his books have been short-listed in the British Sports Book Awards - Bertie Mee (Best Biography, 2006); Grovel! (Best Cricket Book, 2008); Nobody Beats Us (Best Rugby Book, 2010); Tony Greig (Best Cricket Book, 2012) and The Great English Final (Best Football Book, 2014). He has also been short-listed twice for MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year.
He has written books on football, cricket, rugby and American football.
Twitter: @David_Tossell

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"Docherty is an equally interesting and complex character, and is well served, though hardly flattered, by Tossell's diligent research and even-handed approach." (Simon Redfern The Independent)

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Examines the life behind the one-liners of Tommy Docherty, football's comic king

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Doc 18 Dec 2013
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David Tossell has put together a superb book here about the one and only Thomas Henderson Docherty. The Doc's era at Old Trafford was one of the most exciting in the clubs history. Yes we all know what happened next, but on a football scale he created a team of all talents that has never been forgotten. Buy it, read it. Hope you enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1970's Golden Age 16 Dec 2013
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This book is a must for all fans of 1970's football,whether or not they support Manchester United.It has all the scandals such as dodgy FA cup Final ticket scams and the Docs rows with players.Names from the past leap out from the pages ,whoever could forget Paddy Roche ? The Doc's treble busting FA cup win over liverpool is covered and how United fans of a later era would be grateful for that episode.
Tommy Docherty's earlier career is covered in full and there is a timely reminder of how good a footballer he actually was.A good read for christmas or any other time of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ 27 Nov 2013
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tHE BOOK IS A GREAT DEAL DIFFERENT TO HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND THE AUTHOR GAVE AN HONEST AND FRANK VIEW IN THIS BOOK
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