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Doughty Returns to Moss Lane

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Vanarama National League club Altrincham`s caretaker-manager Neil Tolson confirmed that he had brought in former Robins` defender Matt Doughty to act as his assistant till the end of the season.

A left-back, Doughty first joined Alty from Halifax Town in mid-June 2008, having been with the Shaymen since July 2004 – a club he had joined from Rochdale.

He had previously also played for Chester City, for whom he signed professionally when just 16.

In 2001, he had moved to Rochdale and had a trial with Southampton but a broken leg halted the prospects of a move to Hampshire. At Rochdale he made over 100 League appearances.

Another broken leg sadly hampered the 5`8” defender’s career at The Shay but he still managed 131 appearances for the club.

He made his Alty league debut in August 2008 and he became one of the team’s most consistent players, as well as its penalty taker, but he sadly suffered cruciate ligament damage against Salisbury City in February 2010.

This injury effectively ended his initial spell at Moss Lane.

After leaving Altrincham, Doughty joined Witton Albion before moving on, in March 2011, to Hyde United.

In 2012/13, having returned to Moss Lane, Doughty played regularly at left-back, as well as making some appearances on the left side of midfield.

In 2013/14 he figured in most of the first seventeen league games but, thereafter, made only sporadic appearances.

A knee injury curtailed his involvement and he left the club at the end of the 2013/14 season.

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