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Football's lost genius who died alone a long way from home

Like many footballing prodigies, the teenage Adrian Doherty was tipped to emulate George Best’s heroics at Manchester United. But by the age of 26, the winger from Strabane was invalided out of the game and tragically drowned in a Dutch canal. Ivan Little talks to the author of a new book on the mercurial tale
May 14 2016
The shelves of bookshops are groaning under the weight of mighty tomes about the multi-millionaire superstars of English football, yet publishers readily admit that even the biggest names in the game find it tough to sell their ghost-written biographies.
But now one of the top football correspondents in England - Oliver Kay of The Times - has published a new book about an Ulster-born player, Adrian Doherty, who is known to virtually no one across the water. Or here.
But, even so, the most knowledgeable managers and players in Britain have been keen …