"I'm always saying to kids now you could be the next James Mc Clean and you can just see them smiling," enthuses O'Donnell. They're six inches taller because they can say, 'I've a hero that lives over the street.' And he's never forgotten where he comes from." The boy "You know he started off as a goalkeeper," laughs Patrick 'Waxsy' Mc Clean, as he settles back into his chair in a living room that is stacked with family photos.
We are sitting in a house on Creggan Heights that is only distinguishable from the others on the estate because of the two nice cars that are parked outside.
In Creggan, he has the presence of a manager on the sideline, monitoring everything that is going on in front of him. The driver, Charlie Ferry, was his team-mate on the 1974 Finn Harps FAI Cup-winning side. Across the street from where O'Doherty is standing, there's a mural of his younger self, a decorated player in both the Irish League and League of Ireland and a twice-capped Northern Ireland international.
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.
(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.
Community leaders have to contend with anti-social behaviour and it's a challenge to encourage kids to stay on the right path when there are negative influences in their midst. "We're very proud of Trojans (football club) and Sean Dolans, our GAA club, because they don't just make athletes or footballers," says O'Doherty. Kids who are involved rarely end up in trouble." In Mc Clean, who lined out for both teams, they have a helpful example.
The founding group, which held their first meeting in a disused launderette, included two other men that can be found stewarding at Derry City matches, Charlie Tierney and Gerry Duddy.Martin Mc Guinness was a friend of mine, we went to school together, and remained that way until he died. People saw it for what it was - it was something good." Word spread and the well-known English reporter Peter Taylor came to Creggan to produce a documentary that was never broadcast.O'Doherty was told the British government had blocked it because it portrayed the community in a sympathetic light.The latter's teenage brother Jackie was shot dead on Bloody Sunday.Six victims hailed from Creggan, including Charlie Nash's sibling William - Charlie would go on to box for Ireland in Munich later that year.