The Doc's Devils: Manchester United 1972-1977

Overview

Tommy Docherty led Manchester United through one of the most interesting periods in their history. Employed in late 1972, the former Scotland manager led the club on an amazing journey, taking in a successful relegation battle, relegation itself, instant promotion, and two successive Cup Finals, all in just four and a half years, and the nature of his eventual sacking, following allegations about his private life, gives some indication of the complicated, less than perfect man this book seeks to unveil. ...

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Overview

Tommy Docherty led Manchester United through one of the most interesting periods in their history. Employed in late 1972, the former Scotland manager led the club on an amazing journey, taking in a successful relegation battle, relegation itself, instant promotion, and two successive Cup Finals, all in just four and a half years, and the nature of his eventual sacking, following allegations about his private life, gives some indication of the complicated, less than perfect man this book seeks to unveil. Docherty's unconventional, at times controversial, approach to team affairs and man management is explored on a season by season basis, while numerous interviews from those who worked with and played under him, including legends of the era such as Brian Greenhoff and Sammy McIlroy, ensure that no stone is left unturned in this tale of the highest highs and lowest lows the great game has to offer. These first hand accounts make this the definitive account of this period, and the book is a must read for any serious United fan, while the author's ability to maintain a degree of neutrality rarely found in such biographies will also encourage followers of teams outside of the red half of Manchester to persist with this incredible footballing story. In addition to The Doc's story, this book also looks at the post United careers of those who played in his sides and who came to love and loathe him in equal measure. It also includes a full matchography for the period.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781901447378
  • Publisher: Cherry Red Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Egan is a music and sports journalist, and has written for Billboard, Classic Rock, Record Collector, RollingStone.com, Sky Sports, Uncut, and Vox, among others. He is the author of Jimi Hendrix And The Making Of Are You Experienced and Sick of Being Me and was nominated for an Award for Excellence by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

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Table of Contents

Ackowledgements vi

Foreword vii

Introduction 9

Part 1 1972/73: Rescue 13

Part 2 1973/74: Relegation 87

Part 3 1974/75: Resurrection 151

Part 4 1975/76: Revitalisation 225

Part 5 1976/77: Retribution 343

Part 6 Requiem: Manchester United After Docherty 473

Appendix I Résumés: The Fate of The Doc's Devils 519

Appendix II Results: Matches Played by Manchester United Under Docherty 558

Bibliography 577

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