DOUGHTY FAMILY WELCOMES NEW OWNERS OF NOTTINGHAM FOREST FCToday is the start of an exciting new era for a Club with a long and distinguished history.
We would like to join the Fans in offering a warm welcome to Fawaz, Abdulaziz and Omar Al Hasawi as the new owners of NFFC.
As with Nigel before them, the Al Hasawi family are now the caretakers of a proud sporting tradition and we have every confidence that they will respect and nurture that tradition as they take the Club into the 2012/13 season and beyond.
For us, as Nigel's family, this is a bittersweet moment. We are of course delighted that the Club is now in safe, responsible hands and that the Fans can look forward with optimism to the seasons ahead. But at the same time, we remember how much the Club meant to Nigel and how much he enjoyed being part of a great family of genuine football supporters. The change of owners, as inevitable as it was, is a reminder of our huge loss as a family.
But while there is some sadness, there is also joy that Nigel's legacy at the Club he supported as man and boy is now in the hands of new owners who are committed to building on his significant contribution to the Club and restoring the Reds to their former glory.
This is great news for the people who really matter - the loyal Fans.
We are proud that Nigel's long and treasured association with NFFC will be remembered with the naming of the Club's academy as the "Nigel Doughty Youth Academy" and we thank the Al Hasawi's for agreeing to honour Nigel's memory in this way.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Seymour Pierce and Withers LLP who advised the executor of Nigel's estate on the deal.
As a family, we will of course continue to support the Club and we will be watching the boys from Nigel's seats at the City Ground as often as we can.
To the new owners - please accept our very best wishes for the future. We feel sure you will grasp this opportunity to build upon the history and tradition of this great football club.
To the Fans - thank you for all your kind words of condolence since February. We hope and believe that we have helped to secure the Club's future and with it Nigel's legacy.
To the Team - its game on, boys, so C'mon you Reds!
Lucy, Helena and Michael Doughty
11 July, 2012.