Memorial for ex Nottingham Forest owner Nigel Doughty

Ed Miliband joined Labour party members at the service

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A memorial service for the former Nottingham Forest owner and chairman Nigel Doughty has taken place in London.

Mr Doughty, 54, was found dead in the gym at his home in Skillington, Lincolnshire, in February after suffering a cardiac arrest.

He invested more than £100m in Forest and was a supporter of the NSPCC and a Labour party donor.

Guests at Westminster Cathedral included Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Club colours

Nottingham Forest fans attending the memorial were asked to wear club colours by the Doughty family.

Reds striker Dexter Blackstock represented the football club at the service.


In the grandeur of a cathedral, a humble man was remembered. In tributes Nigel Doughty was described as a quiet achiever who quietly rescued his beloved Nottingham Forest, quietly established one of the UK's most successful private equity firms and quietly supported many charities.

He never sought plaudits and shunned publicity. But the accolades flowed today as friends recalled a loyal, generous and kind man whose word was his bond and for whom honour and courage counted for something.

The Labour Party Nigel Doughty so passionately supported was represented by a former prime minister and its current leader. But the final word was left to a friend who said simply: "Thank you Nigel. It was always a pleasure and we miss you."

Mr Doughty was one of Labour's biggest donors and party leader Ed Miliband attended along with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and shadow chancellor Ed Balls.

Representatives from some of the charities Mr Doughty had helped were also present.

Mr Miliband said: "Whether it was through Nottingham Forest, the Labour party or his charitable work, he had these amazing qualities.

"He was both humble and high achieving, always larger than life and, as I've been saying to people here, it's almost impossible to believe he's gone."

Blackstock said: "He was one of us. Nobody ever felt uncomfortable when he was around. He was an all-round great guy."

On Sunday, the new owners of Nottingham Forest, the Kuwait-based Al-Hawasi family, honoured Mr Doughty by naming the youth academy after him.

Mr Doughty's widow Lucy said: "It's an immense honour, as it was always [Nigel's] passion to contribute to society, and within society to emplace a special force towards the youth."

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