Doughty was a highly-respected passionate man who made a fortune buying risky businesses, and then spent much of it on his two greatest passions in life - the Labour Party and Nottingham Forest Football Club.
Born and bred in Nottinghamshire and a season ticket holder at the City Ground, Doughty was the perfect benefactor for the club when he rescued Nottingham Forest from administration in 1999, buying control for around £11m. He went on to invest more than £100m of his personal fortune in the club, but unfortunately couldn't guide them back to the Premier League.
Regarded by many as a real 'footballing' man, he wore his heart on his sleeve when it came to Nottingham Forest and he always tried to do his best for the club, despite some turbulent years during his spell as Chairman.
He will always be remember by supporters as Mr. Nottingham Forest, and current club chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi paid a wonderful tribute to his predecessor when he named the Nottingham Forest academy after him. The academy was a part of the club that Doughty was particularly passionate about, as he was extremely driven to see local talent playing in the first team at Nottingham Forest.
Nottingham Forest youth product Patrick Bamford, now on-loan to Derby County, was the godson of Doughty. After scoring his first goal for the Rams he dedicated it to his late godfather, commenting: 'I was really close to the ex-chairman at Forest, Nigel. So I was just saying thank you to him, really'.' A nice touch from a young player, putting the rivalry aside to show respect to a great man.
On the two-year anniversary of his passing, supporters have shown wonderful tributes ensuring his legacy at Nottingham Forest will never be forgotten.
#rip Nigel Doughty. Had great respect for the man irrespective of which team he supported. He was always a generous man and respected.— Andy Buckley-Taylor (@BuckTaylor64) February 3, 2014
Rest in Peace, Nigel Doughty. Two years on, the greatest Forest fan & an exceptional owner. Let's gain promotion for him & his family #NFFC— Stacey Winter (@WinterStacey) February 4, 2014
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