Stephen Docherty

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Stephen Docherty
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-02-18) 18 February 1976 (age 45)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1992–1993 Pollok
Senior career*
1993–1997 Partick Thistle 27 (4)
1997–1999 Clydebank 59 (4)
1999–2001 Partick Thistle 30 (1)
2001–2002 Airdrieonians 19 (0)
2002–2006 Airdrie United 113 (6)
2006–2009 Bathgate Thistle ? (?)
2009–2010 Irvine Meadow ? (?)
2010–? Pollok 11 (2)
Teams managed
2013 Pollok
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stephen Docherty (born 18 February 1976) is a Scottish former football player and coach. He previously played in the Scottish Football League for Partick Thistle and Clydebank. He also played for both Airdrieonians and their re-inacarnation Airdrie United.


Playing career

He scored the first goal for the reborn Airdrie United club, in a 1–0 win over Forfar Athletic at New Broomfield. He was also captain of the club and was inducted into the Airdrie United "Hall of Fame" in 2007.

Docherty dropped down to junior level, joining Bathgate Thistle in 2006. He was part of the Bathgate team that defeated Cumnock Juniors 2–1 to win the 2008 Scottish Junior Cup Final, assisting Paul McGrillen's winning goal. [1] After two and a half years at Bathgate, he joined Irvine Meadow in January 2009. [2]

He made his Scotland junior international debut, picking up player of the tournament in Quad home nations tournament in the Isle of Man.

Managerial career

Docherty was appointed as assistant manager of Pollok. He left the club following a disagreement with manager John Richardson, but returned to the role six weeks later in March 2013. [3] When Richardson left the club in September 2013, Docherty took over as caretaker manager and was widely expected to be given the job permanently; when the club only invited him to apply along with other candidates, a number of players threatened to leave the club. [4] Pollok changed their mind and appointed Docherty as manager in October, with Brian McGinty as his assistant. [5] However, he resigned in December 2013 after taking only three points from five league matches. [6]

In June 2020, Docherty was announced as an assistant to Stephen Robertson with Yoker Athletic's newly-launched under-20 development squad. [7] They left the club having never taken charge of a match due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Docherty subsequently joined the coaching staff at Caledonian Amateur League club St Joseph's in April 2021. [8]



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  4. O'Donnell, Jim (4 October 2013). "Mutiny on the park for Lok bosses". Glasgow Times. Retrieved 3 May 2021.
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  6. O'Donnell, Jim (4 December 2013). "Largs defeat the last straw as Docco departs at Pollok". Glasgow Times. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  7. Borland, Craig (10 June 2020). "Whe Ho's pride in launch of brand new Yoker Athletic FC Youth Academy". Clydebank Post. Retrieved 3 May 2021.
  8. "Docco Checks In At St. Joe's". Scottish Amateur Football News. 21 April 2021. Retrieved 3 May 2021.
  9. "Airdrie retain Challenge Cup". BBC Sport. 14 October 2001. Retrieved 14 April 2020.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)