The Annual Dinner of the Middlesex Wanderers AFC

was held on
Saturday 16th November 2013

The Guest of Honour is Tommy Docherty.

Between 1948-49 and 1961-62 The Doc made 454 first team appearances for Celtic, Preston North End, Arsenal and Chelsea and represented Scotland 25 times. As a Manager he oversaw more than 800 matches for Chelsea, Manchester United, Derby County, Queens Park Rangers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rotherham United, Aston Villa, Sydney Olympic, Preston North End, South Melbourne, Porto, Altrincham and Scotland.

He will, no doubt have many fascinating tales to tell.

The evening will follow the usual format with ‘Wanderers Whispers’ and conviviality. The Dinner will begin at 7.30 pm sharp. For the first time there will be an exhibition of the club’s memorabilia from the archive. Diners are asked to assemble from 6.45pm. There will be a pay bar facility and an opportunity to pre-order drinks from the bar.

Middlesex Wanderers were delighted to welcome British football legend Tommy Docherty as guest speaker at its 2013 annual dinner.

It was the Doc’s first engagement after being inducted on November 10 into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame at Hampden Park, a stadium he graced many times during a 30-cap international career with Scotland in the 1950s.

The Doc entertained around 100 diners at the Imperial Hotel in Holborn, London, with football anecdotes from his long and colourful playing and management careers.

His secret to building great teams? “Buying great players.” His favourite player during his spell as manager of Manchester United? “Martin Buchan — a terrific player and professional.” The Doc’s biggest regret? “Leaving my post as manager of the greatest ever Scottish team, to join United.” And what about his personality clash with Sir Alex Feguson? “You cannae have a personality clash wi’ someone wi’ nae personality,” he quipped.

Docherty later spent time fielding questions from the audience, and even found time to chat at length to diners in the hotel bar afterwards.