When a man’s death is covered so eloquently, thoughtfully and heartfelt by so many – when words fail me – it’s difficult to add anything to what has already been said. Yet it seems wrong to say nothing.
At times like this people grasp for meaning; for answers; for reason. There is nothing. Nigel Doughty was taken from this world too early.
Tributes from the worlds of football, business, politics and charity show this was a man whose sharp business acumen was matched only by his commitment to the things he truly believed in.
Many lauded him, many questioned him; but we all shared a passion for Nottingham Forest. And, as in life, there are no easy answers in football. Nigel Doughty made mistakes, and he was big enough to admit them, but he was a lifelong fan and his love and commitment to the club was apparent to all. He was one of us.
He will be remembered as the man who saved Forest from administration and invested close to £100 million of his personal wealth. That, and the youth academy, is his legacy to this club.
The papers are reporting today that, true to his word, one of his final acts was to guarantee the £23 million required to cover contracts and debts for the next two-and-a-half years. His goal from the start was to keep the club from administration and reach the Premier League.
We will return one day. We are Nottingham.
Rest in peace Nigel.
Non omnis moriar