|Birth: ||Jun. 29, 1928|
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 2007|
Tommy Cavanagh, Manchester United's assistant manager when they won the FA Cup in 1977, died on 14th March 2007, aged 78.
Tommy was Tommy Docherty's first appointment when the Doc became United manager in late 1972. He was on the staff as trainer and then assistant manager for eight years.
Born in Liverpool on 29th June 1928, Tommy had an extensive career in the football.
He played for Preston North End - where he first met Tommy Docherty - Stockport County, Huddersfield Town, Doncaster Rovers, Bristol City, Carlisle United and Cheltenham Town.
When his playing days came to an end, he became trainer at Brentford and later the club's manager.
In 1966 former United great Johnny Carey, then manager at Nottingham Forest, appointed Tommy as trainer-coach at the City Ground. He was Forest's bucket and sponge man when they finished runners-up to United in the 1967 First Division title race.
In 1971 he moved on to Hull City, but was only there for a brief spell before being lured to Old Trafford.
After leaving Old Trafford, Tommy served Newcastle United and then Norwegian club Rosenborg Trondheim as assistant manager. He succeeded former Reds captain Martin Buchan as manager at Burnley and was also a coach at Wigan Athletic for a short time.
After leaving Burnley in 1986, he worked at the FA School of Excellence at Lilleshall until his retirement.
In 2002, Cavanagh was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and died on 14th March 2007.
Tommy simply lived for football and always demanded 100 per cent from his players. A no-nonsense character who never jettisoned the elements of his Merseyside upbringing, he'll always be remembered by supporters for his shock of white hair and his jovial demeanour.
Created by: Kris Burns, UK
Record added: May 14, 2011
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