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Greatest stars: Peter Doherty was a genius among geniuses

The name may not strike a chord with younger readers, but to more mature people, Doherty will forever be regarded as an all time footballing great.

Liverpool's legendary manager Bill Shankly once said that Magherafelt man Doherty was one of his favourite players, while the great English striker Len Shackleton stated: "Peter Doherty was surely the genius among geniuses."

To this day Northern Ireland great Harry Gregg still talks about Peter with a reverence reserved only for a special few.

That gives you an indication of the esteem Doherty held within football.

After leaving Glentoran as a teenager, Doherty made his career in England and what a career it was for the inside left who, in his time across the water, was the key figure for Manchester City when they won their first league title in 1937.

Doherty scored 30 goals that season and was a class apart. He had the talent of David Silva and Sergio Aguero rolled into one. If he were around today, Peter would be worth upwards of £50 million and craved by every single football club on the planet.

After the Second World War, having served in the RAF, he won the FA Cup with Derby County, scoring a goal in the final, before moving to Huddersfield and Doncaster, whom he also lifted to punch above their weight.

Doherty, amongst the first group of players to be inducted into English football's Hall of Fame, was also an outstanding Northern Ireland international winning 16 caps.

He would go on to become a magnificent manager, inspiring and guiding his country to the 1958 World Cup finals - the first time Northern Ireland had ever reached that stage of a major tournament.

Peter died in 1990 aged 76.

 

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