- May 24, 2019
Didnt realise he ended up married to her. Different times imagine being sacked for that now.I started watching United in the season when we were relegated to the 2nd division and the Doc was manager - we absolutely blitzed the 2nd division with attacking football and 2 wingers with Stuart Pearson upfront. Steve Coppell and Gordon Hill were 2 fantastic wingers in his team.
He had top deal with the demise of the "holy trinity" with Best, Law and Charlton's era coming to the end and did upset a few people along the way.
It was very sad that he got sacked for having an affair with Mary Brown the physio's wife and then spent the rest of his life happily married with her - after we'd just beaten Liverpool in the FA Cup ending their treble opportunity !
RIP Tommy Doc....
He loved united to the bottom of his soul - he used to come in on none match days to soak up old Trafford atmosphere when it was empty - but like anybody jilted in their prime he never got over being sacked for falling in love with the physios wife. He then had to watch sexton undo his work before sniping in the press at Atkinson and then Fergie until he won the first title. He never got over being sacked by the football love of his life for the actual love of his life I’m afraid.He epitomised Manchester United. Style, swagger and, dare I say it, a touch of arrogance. It’s a brave man who, upon his team losing to Southampton in the 1976 final, declared United will be back next year and win it - and we duly beat, of all teams, Liverpool in the 1977 final and that was when the FA Cup was one of the biggest occasions on the sporting calendar worldwide.
He could have gone on to genuine greatness with us but things conspired against him and it wasn’t to be. I’m not sure he ever fell in love with United the way a lot of past managers and players do but his time with us and the football we played can’t be under estimated.
I actually met him 2 years ago in a bungalow we were thinking about buying ( Stockport area but I won't say where ) - I walked into the house not knowing he was there and saw a Duncan Edwards photo on a magazine and mentioned to the woman (Mary) showing us around that I was a United fan. The woman said that you will find out when you see the rest of the house.Didnt realise he ended up married to her. Different times imagine being sacked for that now.
RIP The Doc, a bit before my time.
Wow that was some surprise. That was great meeting him. Glad to hear his mind was still sound.I actually met him 2 years ago in a bungalow we were thinking about buying ( Stockport area but I won't say where ) - I walked into the house not knowing he was there and saw a Duncan Edwards photo on a magazine and mentioned to the woman (Mary) showing us around that I was a United fan. The woman said that you will find out when you see the rest of the house.
We walked into a small living room upstairs and I saw Scotland football memorabilia around the room with a guy watching the telly - I knew straight away it was Tommy Doc sat there and we had a chat for 10 minutes about football. We didn't buy the house but what a great moment for me and I told him what a great manager he'd been for the club with the style of football we'd played !
Dormer bungalow I think the description - right on the side of a canal on a slope so you walked in and the top floor was still on the ground floor up the slope - nice place but we wouldn't pay the asking price which I won't say out of respect to them. I think they probably stayed there.Wow that was some surprise. That was great meeting him. Glad to hear his mind was still sound.
Hold on though... a bungalow with an upstairs?