Given the sad news over the weekend of Michael Doughty leaving the club several fans have written posts paying tribute to Michael and his contribution at SN1. Both tributes are published below.. From the TrustSTFC we salute you Michael Doughty and thank you for all you have done for Swindon Town, as well as being an amazing footballer your also an incredibly nice man and we personally wish both you and your family well… we will miss you.
Tribute no 1 – 0 Dan the Fan
On August 3rd, 2013, Wake Me Up by Avicii was number one in the charts, Man of Steel reigned supreme at the cinema box-office, the country was led by a Collision Government, David Moyes was Manchester Utd manager and not one single person had ever uttered the word Brexit, it was also the day myself and my brother travelled to London Road to watch Peterborough Utd vs. Swindon Town.
Sadly, Town lost 1-0 thanks to Britt Assombalonga’s first-half goal, but incredibly this was the last time Town tasted anything but victory on the opening day of a new season as Richie Wellens side easily dispatched Rochdale 3-1 at the County Ground on Saturday to stretch that record to seven years.
First-half goals from Tyler Smith, Anthony Grant, and Matt Smith was enough to earn all the points and see Town top the League One table.
After suffering back-to-back defeats in cup competitions, the pressure was slightly on Wellens’ side to get off to a winning start in League One, and they didn’t disappoint, with impressive league debuts from many of the new faces, especially on-loan Arsenal midfielder Matt Smith.
Smith arrivals with an impressive reputation from his parent club Arsenal, where he is expected to do great things in the future, let’s hope this early season form continues and we get to see what marks him out as such a special talent at the Gunners Academy.
Another positive from Saturday came in defence as Town looked a lot more assured at the back after two shaky performances in our opening fixtures.
Akin Odimayo has taken a little slack for his rusty performances so far this season but against Rochdale, alongside Zeki Fryers he looked far more comfortable, granted he may not face such an easy ride during the rest of the season but I’m sure this will only help the young defender moving forward.
Despite this improved performance, I’m sure the club will be on the lookout for some more talent at the back, rumours of a return for Sid Nelson from Tranmere have been gathering some pace this week, hopefully, this will turn out to be more than speculation as the former Millwall defender would be an ideal signing to add extra quality at the back.
Lastly, I wanted to pay tribute to exiting midfielder Michael Doughty who last week left Swindon Town by mutual consent after three wonderful spells at the club.
We don’t know the reasons for his sudden departure, but we all know his wellbeing comes before anything else.
It was clear when he first arrived at Town for his first loan spell in 2016, he was a talented player, over the two loan spells and since he joined on a permanent deal in 2018, he’s only improved on the pitch.
The former Player of the Year leaves the club with many special memories for the Town faithful, whether it’s his free-kick against Port Vale, coming on at half-time against Lincoln City when Town were 2-0 down and single-handedly rescuing the game with both goals, or his amazing hat-trick against Macclesfield on the opening day in 2018, he’s certainly left his mark at SN1.
We will all miss his amazing talent and Panenka penalties greatly, I wish him all the best, pray he recovers quickly and enjoys a happy life outside of football.
Tribute no 2 – Scot Munroe
After Saturday home win over Rochdale, it was confirmed that Michael Doughty has left the club for personal reasons. There were rumours in the week that he stormed out of training and left the teams WhatsApp chat. I tend to agree with what Richie Wellens said in the post-match interview with those rumours and it was bang out of order. These types of rumours tend to spread like wildfire, when Michael Doughty name was not in the match day squad for the Rochdale game, you know something was up. In the post-match interview, you had the clarity of what was going on.
The outpouring of emotion and respect was wonderful to see on the social media, if you have ever had the opportunity to have a chat with Michael he was and willing to engage in chat and stop for photos. I bumped into him and had a nice five-minute chat at Exeter train station after the 2-0 defeat in October 2018. He asked me where I lived in Swindon and what I did for a living and asked how long I supported the club. I asked him for a picture on my old iPhone which was broke at the time and he was so gracious for the photo. I don’t think I was the only Swindon fan who spoke to him on that platform that day. He was courteous with other Swindon fans who wanted to have a chat with him before his train left for Paddington.
I went on a bit of a reminisce yesterday on YouTube and watched some of the goals he scored in the 2018-19 season where he would score for fun in this free role under Phil Brown and Richie Wellens. The hat-trick on the opening day of the season at home to Macclesfield springs to mind, a header from close range and two penalties in added time to win the game 3-2. The second penalty was nerves of steel after the first one was almost saved by the Macclesfield goalkeeper. Another home game was the Newport County game where he took the ball on the turn, spun and fired home from an angle. Then he set Kaiyne Woolery for the winner with a lovely through ball for Woolery to round the goalkeeper and score.
The Other two that come to mind from that season was the goals away at Tranmere with the elegant chipped finish. Then the double away at MK Dons. First winning the ball high up press and nonchalantly passing the ball into the far corner. Then the second to have the balls to do a Panenka penalty. Michael Doughty did love a Panenka penalty, even witnessed him doing it at Swindon Supermarine in a friendly. There is an excellent compilation video that Marley Stfc has put up on twitter and I think I have watched the video like 20 times just reminiscing.
Three spells at Swindon on loan and then permanently in the summer of 2018. Presented in the best way near a bush modelling the season away kit. The streets will never forget that picture. For me he embodied the club in the last 18 months under Richie Wellens, you can see that Doughty cared and loved the club and played his best football here. When in one of the County Ground uncut videos he was shown celebrating after the game in the tunnel with Lloyd Isgrove.
Michael Doughty will be a big miss for the club on and off the pitch for this season, hope he can get the support and help with the personal problems that have hampered in and comes back stronger. For us Swindon fans don’t be sad its over, be happy that you got to witness the Swindon Pirlo live.