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The last thing Michael Doughty is searching for is sympathy. It's true, the League Two title winning celebrations were 'a bit strange' for Swindon Town in lockdown, but, as he says, 'there are bigger things going on in the world'.

Yes, it was 'pretty seismic', he admits, coping with the sudden death of his father in his teenage years and yet he realises others from less privileged backgrounds have lived through similar tragedies.

And, of course, while the step from the straw hats of elite public school at Harrow to the muck-and-nettles of lower-league football was something of a culture shock, playing professional sport is 'the best job in the world'.

Midfielder Michael Doughty helped Swindon claim the League Two title last season

Midfielder Michael Doughty helped Swindon claim the League Two title last season

Doughty, just to be clear, is not an archetypal footballer. He is the eldest son of former Nottingham Forest owner, multi-millionaire venture capitalist Nigel Doughty and, when not creating chances and scoring goals from midfield at Swindon, he runs a business producing 'the world's most sustainable trainers', made from natural materials and fully recyclable.

'I had a great opportunity to go into a fantastic school environment,' says 27-year-old Doughty, who collected 14 grade As in his academic exams. 'Then it materialised I wasn't bad at football. It was unique being in the Harrow bubble and then in football's very different bubble.

'It's part of who I am, I don't hide that, and it's probably helped my career. You form good habits and discipline through the relentlessness of how the school operates and that's something I carried into my football career.

'We all know the odds are stacked against you making it in football. To make an appearance is one thing, to stay in the game is another.'

The 27-year-old is the eldest son of multi-millionaire venture capitalist Nigel Doughty

The 27-year-old is the eldest son of multi-millionaire venture capitalist Nigel Doughty

He developed in the youth ranks at Queens Park Rangers rather than join his father, who saved Forest from administration in 1999 and poured in more than £100million of his personal fortune before stepping down in 2011.

'Geographically it wasn't viable and we were both aware of the nepotism,' says Doughty. 'I didn't want to be there as the chairman's son and he didn't want that either. We were clear from the start we wanted some degree of separation, as much as I love Forest.

'They were a big part of my childhood. I went home and away for many years. I cried all the way home after watching them lose at Bramall Lane in a play-off semi-final when Des Walker scored an own goal.'

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