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Tom Docherty: 1924-2020

8 January 2021

Norwich City were saddened to learn of the passing of former player Tom Docherty, at the age of 96.

Born in Penshaw, Tom started his football career with North Eastern League side Murton Colliery Welfare before joining Football League side Lincoln City, where he won promotion with the Imps from the Third Division North in his first season with the club.

Following three campaigns at Sincil Bank, he joined the Canaries in 1950, under manager Norman Low. The talented winger played 85 times for Norwich, over three seasons, scoring four goals. His finest moment in yellow and green came in his debut season when two goals, in a 3-1 win, against First Division side Liverpool helped the Canaries to a shock FA Cup third round victory.

However, having managed to get Lincoln promoted, that accolade would narrowly avoid him at Carrow Road as Norwich recorded second, third and fourth place finish in the Division Three South during his time at the club.

He then went onto to join fellow Third Division South sides, Reading and Newport County, before returning to Norfolk to play for King’s Lynn.  

The thoughts of everyone at Norwich City are with Tom’s friends and family at this sad time.  

Image credit: Lincoln City

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