Jim DOCHERTY

Jim Docherty - Chelsea FC - Biography 1978/79

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 03 March 1979

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    • POSITION
      Forward
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Thursday, 08 November 1956
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Broxburn, Scotland
  • CLUBS
  • Chelsea FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1979
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 3rd March 1979 as a sub in a 0-0 draw at home to Liverpool (Aged: 22)
    • Club Career
      2 League apps (+1 as sub), 0 goals
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Jim DOCHERTY - Chelsea FC - Biography 1978/79

 

It was manager Danny Blanchflower who paid East Stirling £50, 000 to take striker Jim Docherty - no relation to former manager Tommy - south of the border in February 1979. Docherty's fine goalscoring form - he had netted 14 goals in 22 league games for his Scottish club in the 1978/79 season - earned him his move but the English first divison was to prove a very different proposition to the Scottish second and the curly haired frontman never looked like making an impact at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's previous purchase from the Scottish club, Eddie McCreadie, had spent 15 years at Stamford Bridge as both player and manager, making 410 appearances for the club in the process. Sadly, Docherty was to fall no less than 407 short of McCreadie's total. The Broxburn-born striker made his debut as a substitute against Liverpool (the photo above is during the game) as relegation-bound Chelsea held the European champions to a 0-0 draw, and was given his first start a fortnight later in a 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. His two-week spell in the Blues' first-team ended with a 3-1 home beating at the hands of Queens Park Rangers, another team heading for Division Two, before Blanchflower recalled Trevor Aylott in Docherty's place. The Scot spent the last two months of the season in the reserves before he was put out of his misery with a free-transfer move to Dundee United - for whom he made two appearances! (Kelvin Barker)


Senior Football Career.

Years           Team    Apps†    (Gls)†
    
1977–1979    East Stirlingshire    47    (28)
1979               Chelsea    3    (0)
1979               Dundee United    2    (0)
1979–1981    Hearts    5    (0)
1981–1982    St Johnstone    49    (13)
1982–1984    Partick Thistle    10    (0)
1984                Meadowbank Thistle    3    (0)
1984               Dunfermline Athletic    2    (0)


His professional career, which ended in his late twenties, lasted seven years.

Jim lived in Bathgate, West Lothian in Scotland and married Kathleen and had

two grown up sons Ryan and Steven. He worked as the Managing Director of a

successful Drainage Company called Euro Environmental Contracts.