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Doughty stepped from an elite public school to lower-league football

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Schalke was due to host Bavarian side Schweinfurt, but the game was called off on Friday following a complaint from Türkgücü Munich.

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‘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.

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It will be Leverkusen´s first game without influential players Kai Havertz and Kevin Volland after their departures for Chelsea and Monaco, respectively, though Peter Bosz´s team has Patrik Schick, who played on loan for Leipzig last season.

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Last season’s Golden Boot winner had just extended his 100 per cent scoring record at The Hawthorns to five games and – cheeky as always – he could not resist a dig at the absent Albion supporters who were doubtless berating him in front of their televisions.

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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.

Doughty is an EFL ambassador for Mind, a partnership established two years ago and recently extended to 2022, spreading awareness of mental health issues among fans and the wider public by sharing their personal experiences.

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.

‘It’s been a big part of my life in the last couple of years,’ he says. ‘Running trainers are made with synthetics and at the end of their life they take hundreds if not thousands of years to biodegrade.

‘I have such fond memories and definitely during last season, a successful season with Swindon, a club where I’d had a kind of on-off love affair, in the moment of celebration I did think, ‘yeah, he would have liked to have seen that’.

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.

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‘I want to change that narrative, at the start by creating trainers using better materials and then the consumer is incentivised to send them back to us at the end of their life and we will make sure they’re recycled in the right way.

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