13 November 2006

Matt Doherty

Name: Matthew Doherty
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Position: Half-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1937); Irish League: 2 Caps (1937).
Club Honours: (with Derry) Irish Cup Winner 1947/48, Runner-Up 1935/36; City Cup Winner 1935/36, 1937/38.

Club Career:
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Derry City
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Shamrock Rovers
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Derry City
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Biography:
An attacking half-back, noted for his footwork and passing, Matt Doherty was one of Derry City's early stars. During his time at the Brandywell he picked up winner's medals in the City Cup and North-West Cup, played in Derry's 2-1 defeat in the 1936 Irish Cup Final replay, and in 1938 came within a whisker of helping the club to their first League title, Derry losing 3-1 to Belfast Celtic in a replayed title-deciding Test-Match.

1937/38 was perhaps Doherty's finest season, selected by both Ireland and the Irish League, in September 1937 he came extremely close to signing for Burnley before Derry rejected their £1,000 offer. He did finally leave the Brandywell in 1941, joining Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland, though he returned to Derry after the War and finally tasted success in the Irish Cup.

Doherty later managed Derry from 1959 to 1961 and his son, Matt Junior, also played for the club.

Ireland Cap Details:
10-11-1937 Scotland A D 1-1 BC

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0.

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