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on 20 August 2014
Tommy Docherty was with Brian Clough and Malcolm Allison one of the first media friendly managers.Managers who actually became larger than the teams that they managed.I don't remember if I saw him when he was a player at Arsenal.However he made a big impression when he went to Chelsea and then later to Manchester United.His career was on the decline once he was sacked by United and never recovered thereafter.A large part of this book is not unnaturally spent on his career with these 2 clubs.So there is a lot of detail about specific games players and members of staff which will not neccessairily appeal to supporters of other clubs.However it is an interesting book and a good read.
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on 18 December 2013
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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on 16 December 2013
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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on 27 July 2015
This book had all the all attributes of a good all round professional product. The book was well written, and gave a good all round perspective of the player and manager of Thomas Docherty. Often with football books it is too easily to get bogged down in match reports and statistics, and the ramblings of footballers and the supposed antics of managers. This book gives a very good insight into Docherty warts and all, because of his general demeanour it was easy to be critical of him, and those short comings are included, but also the positive points that his management generated. There is a great deal back to Docherty, and his views are sought. What also is good about the book a lot of the situations are revisited with hindsight being bought into play, both by players and managers alike .
I am not sure that you need to be a particular Chelsea or Manchester United supporter to appreciate the nuances of football, the names that crop up are universal in the history of football in the 60's and 70's.Would now like to read Tommy Docherty's autobiography, and see whether his views and David Tossell's differ greatly.
Good and enjoyable read.
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on 17 April 2015
Well written book that takes me back to some great football and times supporting Manchester United.
Highly recommended for those who remember the Docherty era.
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on 16 November 2015
Love him or loathe him, there is no mistaking that the Doc made us great again. He had the unenviable position of clearing away the last remnants of the ageing 68 team and in return built a young swashbuckling team that would have won the league if he hadn't had fallen in love with the wife of the club physio. The 70's could be classed as the last great footballing decade and the Doc was always available for a quote. Tossell has wrote a good account of those years and far from being just a list of games and results he captures the times, good and bad.
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on 16 November 2014
Great read, well balanced, thoroughly enjoyable
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on 27 November 2013
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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on 9 November 2014
Kindle download.
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on 2 August 2015
Excellent read
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