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Who can ever forget Tommy Docherty at United?


Having been fortunate enough to become attracted to the magic of  Manchester United just prior to going into my teens a couple of years before Munich, I have lived through the eras of every Old Trafford manager since then, from the great Sir Matt Busby to the incredible success of Sir Alex Ferguson. Those two legends have left their own legacy to both the club and to English football itself which is unlikely to ever be matched.

There was however, one other manager in between who has left an immense impression which still remains today, even after more than 30 years. Despite his many shortcomings, Tommy Docherty was that man, a name which may not mean much to many of today’s younger generation of fans but who still evokes memories of those unpredictable days of the seventies.

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Sheringham now winning chips instead of medals


What do you do after retiring from playing football in your early fourties? Most professionals go into management, coaching, the media or something where the vast knowledge built over many years can be used.  Others like Eric Cantona and Vinnie Jones found a new talent in acting to become movie stars. If  you were the man who proved to be the ace in the pack when Manchester United completed that history making treble in 1999 however, you take a totally different career path like Teddy Sheringham did.

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Gangsters, blackmail and sleazy player agents


The nature of the revelations contained in John Sweeney’s book Rooney’s Gold about the dubious dealings by Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford and various other characters prompted a Google search for any other information which may shed further light on the world of footballers, their agents and big money transfers. The following is a six year old newspaper report written by Jamie Jackson and published in The Observer on October 17, 2004. It’s about a court case that involved many of the people Sweeney wrote about in his book and shows an entirely different face of  football which many fans will find highly disturbing.

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