Kenny Burns: Nigel Doughty's contribution at Nottingham Forest must never be forgotten
AS THIS year draws to a close, I can't help but think of Nigel Doughty and what he did for the club.
It is hard to believe almost a year has passed since he died so suddenly, found in the gym at his home in Skillington at the start of February.
It came so out of the blue and it knocked me for six. I think, like many, I just could not take it in.
What that man did for Nottingham Forest can never be underestimated.
He never did it for financial gain. He helped save the club and wanted nothing more than to see them in the Premier League again.
That was to never happen and we all hope it will happen soon.
It has been such a year of change, with the Al Hasawi family taking over and they are pumping money in.
They have backed manager Sean O'Driscoll when it comes to his squad and next month will be interesting to see what their intentions are.
At the City Ground, giant scoreboards are being erected which will look good but it is on the pitch where we want to see real progress.
Whether promotion is achieved this season is another matter but when it does, I hope everybody remembers Nigel Doughty.
This Christmas will be especially hard for his wife and children. He was a gentleman. On top of that, he was a true Red.