Doughty playing against Guiseley in 2013
|Full name||Matthew Liam Doughty|
|Date of birth||2 November 1981|
|Place of birth||Warrington, Cheshire, England|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:20, 27 April 2015 (UTC)|
Matthew Liam Doughty (born 2 November 1981) is an English former professional footballer.
He started his professional career at Chester City, but whilst at the club he was sent to prison for four months following an incident outside a nightclub in Warrington, this meant he missed Chester City's last game in the Football League before they were relegated. In 2001, he joined Rochdale where he spent three seasons before moving on to play for Halifax Town and Altrincham respectively. In 2010, he moved to Witton Albion before joining Hyde in March 2011. He later returned to Altrincham, before playing for Warrington Town and Trafford.
Born in Warrington, he signed professional terms with Chester City at the age of 16. He played regularly in 1999–2000 and 2000–01. This period saw the him and the club relegated from the Football League, with Doughty missing the decisive final game of the 1999–2000 season after being sent to prison for four months the day before, following an incident outside a nightclub in his home town of Warrington. After his release from prison, he regained his place in the Chester side throughout the 2000–01 season.
He attracted the interest of many Football League clubs but he joined Rochdale in July 2001. Doughty established himself as the club's first choice left back. He was offered a trial with Southampton, but a broken leg prevented the move going through. Doughty's first game for Rochdale in August 2001 saw him score in a 2–1 win at Oxford United, the first Football League goal to be scored at the Kassam Stadium. Doughty was not offered a contract renewal from Rochdale in the summer of 2004 and was left without a club.
Return to non-league
Despite interest from clubs, most notably Bristol Rovers, Doughty said he did not want to "up sticks" and move his young family a long way from home. During the off-season, Accrington Stanley offered Doughty a contract and announced in the press that Doughty had signed, which he had not. Two days after the false announcement he had signed for Accrington, Doughty agreed terms with Halifax Town. In 2008, after the relegation of Halifax Town, he joined Conference National side Altrincham. In 2010, he left Altrincham to join Witton Albion, after sustaining a major injury in a match against Salisbury City.
Retirement and return to Altrincham
Still struggling with injury problems, Doughty fell out of football after his release from Hyde. After a year, he returned to former club Altrincham on trial. He eventually signed up for the season, and made his return to action as a substitute in a 4–1 defeat against Brackley Town. He later played for Warrington Town and Trafford. He returned to Altrincham again when appointed Assistant Manager in 2016. After manager Jim Harvey was sacked in December 2016 he was appointed interim manager. In April 2017 the club announced he was to be replaced by Phil Parkinson.
- Chester City
- Halifax Town
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- Doughty returns to Moss Lane National League
- Altrincham part company with manager Harvey Non-League Daily
- Robins unveil new manager and say he’s the “right man to turn things around” Altrincham Today, 28 April 2017
- Matt Doughty at Soccerbase