by Mick Cain
VINTAGE CLARETS season opener on 20th March will see a guest manager appearance from Clarets Legend, Mick Docherty!
Doc joins an illustrious list of former Clarets to take up the guest manager role thus far, including Stan Ternent, Frank Casper and Willie Irvine.
The 2016 season for Vintage Clarets starts with a tough fixture against Kenanks Utd at Belvedere FC, in a repeat of last season’s fixture, which the Clarets won 3-0 under the guidance of Stan Ternent.
A healthy squad is set to be available for the fixture, giving Doc a selection headache in his new role.
Doc, son of famous manager Tommy Docherty, was born in 1950 in Preston and started his football career with Chelsea’s Youth Team before a move to Burnley in 1967/68.
He was a full-back and played in that role for Burnley, where he went on to make 157 appearances for the club over 7 years, before a brief spell at Man City and then at Sunderland, with 73 appearances over 3 years, but injury put an early end to his career and he subsequently took up a coaching role.
Doc took over as Sunderland Manager in the 1980-81 season and saved the club from relegation by presiding over a famous 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield on the final day of the season, which saw them finish 17th and 2 points clear of the drop.
Since then, Doc has been heavily involved in the game as a coach, although rarely as a manager.
His brief managerial spells saw him take charge at Hartlepool for a spell in 1983 before managing Rochdale in 1994.
After that, Doc formed an integral partnership with Stan Ternent as part of his coaching staff at Burnley, before leaving in 2003 at the end of his contract.
In his last roles, Doc followed Ronnie Jepson to Gillingham as his assistant in 2006 and finally worked again under Ternent at Huddersfield as a coach in 2008, later returning to Burnley as an academy coach.
Doc has also been part of the hospitality team on match days at Turf Moor in recent years.
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