Tributes paid to Nottingham Forest owner

Traditional rivals to the Reds have posted messages of sympathy on their official club websites while Doughty's passion for the Labour party has also seen current leader Ed Miliband and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown pay tribute.

Doughty himself and former football consultant David Pleat attracted their share of criticism over the past few seasons especially but Pleat spoke for many over the weekend when he said: "He was a thoroughly decent man.

"He loved Forest, it was his pride. And he was determined to get it back to the promised land."

In an excellent article at www.bbc.co.uk/sport BBC Radio Nottingham's Colin Fray pays fulsome tribute to Doughty and ends with a rallying cry.

"If Forest want to find a fitting tribute to the man to whom they owe so much, staying in the Championship would be a very good place to start."