Nottingham Forest have paid tribute to their late owner Nigel Doughty by officially renaming the Club’s training HQ after him.Members of the Doughty family joined Forest’s majority shareholder Fawaz Al Hasawi and Chairman Omar Al Hasawi at the renaming ceremony just hours before The Reds faced Derby.
The Nigel Doughty Academy recognises the immense contribution of Nigel to the Club he had supported since his childhood days in Newark.
He became owner of the Club in 1999 and was Chairman for 12 years before standing down last year. He passed away in February, aged 54.
His name now adorns the entrance of the Academy site on Gresham Close, which is the training base for all Forest’s teams, from schoolboys through to the first team squad.
It also features on the state-of-the-art building that is the centre piece of the training complex. It opened last year after being funded by Nigel.
His widow, Lucy Doughty, said: “It’s a wonderful that Nigel’s legacy has been honoured in this way by the Al Hasawi family.
“Although it has been an emotional day for myself and our family, it’s also a very special day for us all.”
Omar Al Hasawi said: “Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Nigel I’m fully aware of just how passionate he was about Nottingham Forest.
“He only ever had the best interests of the Club at heart and we regarded it as an enormous honour as a family to succeed him as owner of such a wonderful institution.
“Our training facilities stand comparison with every Championship club and a great many teams in the Premier League and that’s all down to Nigel.
“It’s only fitting that his legacy is honoured in this way.”