Cooney and Black

Best was with the most gorgeous bird, he was also absolutely blotto – but he wanted to play. I said to him: ‘George, if I brought you in here, I’d have to breathalyse the whole team!’

The public face of Tommy Docherty is resolutely flippant, mischievous and wholly irreverent. But who would claim to recognise the other section that physiognomy? Bryan Cooney travelled to The Doc’s Derbyshire home in May of 2012 and discovered new dimensions to one of football’s most controversial characters.

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