Today marks the ninth anniversary of the sad passing of former Nottingham Forest chairman Nigel Doughty – and legendary player Andy Reid has paid tribute on Twitter.

The Newark-born businessman bought control of Forest in 1999 spent several years trying to stabilise the football club.

When Steve McClaren departed as the club’s manager in October 2011, Doughty decided enough was enough.

He announced that he’d be stepping down as the club’s chairman at the end of the 2011/12 campaign.

In February 2012, Doughty sadly passed away leaving the Reds to mourn the loss of a truly great man. He was just 54.

On the ninth anniversary of his tragic passing, Reid who served Forest with distinction as a player, has paid tribute on Twitter.

Doughty was an astute businessman and growing up in Nottinghamshire he understood the values of Nottingham Forest.

He was the creator of Doughty Hanson and the portfolio of brands bought or sold included Tag Heuer, Umbro and Vue cinemas.

Reid was a top player at the football club when Doughty was sitting at the top.

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He was sold to Tottenham and then re-signed in 2011, just eight months before his devastating passing.

The great man is in the hearts of Forest supporters and will remain there forevermore.

Several supporters have paid their own tributes and here are just a few from Twitter this morning.

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