Kenny Burns: It's one year since the sudden loss of former Nottingham Forest owner
TODAY marks the first anniversary of the death of former Nottingham Forest owner, Nigel Doughty.
It is hard to believe a year has already passed since he died at his home in Skillington, aged 54. It was so sudden, so out of the blue and since that day, so much has happened down at the City Ground.
And it is just a shame that despite new owners, despite the future looking certain, it is off-the-field issues that the club is still making the papers for, not the football.
Nigel wanted nothing more than to see the club promoted into the Premier League and you cannot fault the man for pumping £100m of his personal fortune into the Reds, and also saving it from going under when he first took control.
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Nigel was a real gentleman, a brilliant businessman and you do not make the money he did without being switched on.
He was not everybody's cup of tea among the fans, because they always wanted to see him throw more money at it.
But, at the end of the day, Nigel was a Nottingham Forest fan. His kids are, his family are.
I had many a chat with him down at the City Ground and he used to tell me how his mother was often on to him saying 'come on, are you going to bring somebody in'!
The Academy has been named in his honour, which was a nice touch but all Nigel wanted was his beloved club in the top flight. It is looking unlikely this season but hopefully, soon enough, they will get there. And when they do, it will in no small part down to Nigel. Those of Forest links should raise a toast to him today.