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(The host teased the Irish manager by reminding him that only one of them owns an All-Ireland medal - a Hogan Cup with St Columb's College in 1965.) Creggan still has problems.
There is a wave, a shout or a gesture for everyone that passes. He was one of the chosen ones when artists were tasked with producing portraits of sporting stars to cover the graffiti-laden walls dotted between shop fronts. To the right of the profile of O'Doherty, there is a sketch of Olympic boxer Charlie Nash.To the left, there is an artist's impression of Creggan's most famous sporting son, with a flame-coloured border tracing his distinctive features. "Bring him up to the house." It turns out that O'Doherty, a mentor to the young footballer as he climbed the ranks, is a man who can quite literally open doors.It's a proud Irishman with an 11 on the chest and a face that appears to be roaring in celebration. Around these parts, there are constant reminders that he is one of their own. He asks if they would be open to a chat with a journalist looking to learn about their son's background. On the short walk to Creggan Heights, he provides a brief history lesson. Just around the corner from the murals, and past a car wash, there is a giant display presenting a black and white photo-history of Bloody Sunday.By the time that O'Doherty had reached adulthood, the population was rapidly growing, and so too was the disillusionment.His football career was taking off and in 1970 he played at Wembley for a Northern Ireland side that included George Best in the game where Bobby Charlton won his 100th England cap.They had the power to slap a Defensive Advisory Notice (D-Notice) on any material related to the Troubles.
British Army Saracens came by in the following weeks to drive across the field and destroy the surface.
The new community was the local corporation's response to overcrowding in the Bogside.
Housing for Catholic families was a pressing need and the geographical location - up a steep hill near the border with Co Donegal - allowed the Unionist majority to manage the electoral wards and maintain their influence.
"The march started just over there," he says, pointing in the direction of the Bishop's Field sports complex next to the Corned Beef Tin - a centre that is named as such because the old building on the same site looked remarkably like a Fray Bentos container. Outside of here, he can be depicted in less flattering terms.
School is about to break up and the memorial means the kids from the Holy Child Primary that stream out onto Central Drive will always be aware of the area's history. The aggression when he's on the pitch and the tackles, the tweets, and maybe even the tattoos, are used to cultivate an image.
The HQ is just down the street from the Corned Beef Tin which is officially the home of the Creggan Neighbourhood Partnership - a registered charity that could reasonably be called a spin-off of the Creggan FA's work.