William Docherty
William Docherty
William Docherty
● William Docherty, 1932 (IMA)

probably born in Scotland

William Docherty was probably born in Scotland, although his place and date of birth remain unknown to us. *

The defender signed for Donald Turner's Thistle on Friday, 3rd June, 1932, having most recently been with Irvine Meadow XI.

He made his debut appearance on Saturday, 13th August, 1932, in a 2-1 defeat at home to Heart of Midlothian in the SFL First Division.

There were no goals for William during his spell with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Monday, 26th December, 1932, in a 3-0 win at home to Airdrieonians in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 5 occasions.

His club-list included Irvine Meadow XI, Partick Thistle and Larne.

We don't know where or when William died. *

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Bio Extra

William, with Irvine Meadow XI, was at Firhill on Friday 3rd June 1932, contesting the West of Scotland Cup final versus Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. The Ayrshire side won 2-0, completing their double-winning season which included the Ayrshire Cup. Immediately following the match, Thistle completed their own double, signing both right-back William Docherty and inside-left Sam Donnelly, both from the winning team. William played an early part in one of the most bizarre runs ever seen by fans of the club. Thistle lost 7 of their opening 8 League games, the only victory coming away to Celtic! This was followed by 12 successive League wins - the all-time club-record! Literally, they were the great unpredictables. On a personal level, William's first three games were (narrow) losses in that opening run, and, like his buddy Donnelly, he never got much of a chance after that, and was largely confined to the reserves. His undoubted Thistle highlight was keeping a clean-sheet and gaining two league points in a 3-0 Firhill win over Airdrie. Come season's end, the consensus was that Thistle had experimented with too many junior additions and William was one of many who were freed in May 1933. From there, William crossed the Irish Sea and joined Larne for season 1933-34.

(WS/JK)



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