Struggling Grimsby club hopes talk by football legend Tommy Docherty will offer boost
FOOTBALLING legend Tommy Docherty will entertain an audience of football fans at a Grimsby social club.
The former Chelsea player and Manchester United manager will appear at the Old Clee Club and Institute in October, where he will talk about his life on and off the pitch.
Vice-chairman Dave Morris hopes locals and members will support the evening, which will raise vital funds for the club, which, like many, is struggling financially.
He said: "It should be a fantastic evening. Docherty is a legend and loves to talk – he holds nothing back. He is a charismatic, funny man.
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"I am really looking forward to having him here."
Despite reaching the ripe age of 84, Docherty has not lost his wit, and he uses it to entertain audiences of all ages.
He will tell tales of triumph as a player and manager. He has managed 13 clubs, from Manchester United to Derby County and Aston Villa to Wolverhampton Wonderers.
For the majority of his managing career he was at each particular club for just one year. Not afraid of saying what was on his mind, there were frequent fall-outs between himself and the chairmen.
His visit to Old Clee Club will be a highlight for members, who until now, have only rubbed shoulders with the lower league Grimsby Town Football Club players and ex-managers.
Dave continued: "No one of his stature has ever come to the club before.
"We are excited about him coming, now we are just hoping the public will come and support us. We want people to buy their tickets and come and have a good night."
Docherty will speak for an hour followed by half-an-hour worth of questions from the audience.
Then, comedian Gary Skyner will take to the stage for a further hour of laughter while punters take advantage of the late-opening bar.
Dave added: "Most clubs are struggling financially, we are just trying to keep our heads above water. If we can do that and give members and other locals something a bit different at the same time, it will be a fantastic night."
To buy tickets, contact the club on 01472 291443.