The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Paddy von Behr

ADELE Brown knows a good man­ager when she sees one – af­ter all, she did work with Mark Samp­son as a teenager.

Brown is work­ing her way up the pyra­mid, swap­ping child­hood club Stoke Lane for Chel­tenham Town two years ago and, just this week, join­ing their Glouces­ter­shire ri­vals, For­est Green Rovers.

Be­fore all that, how­ever, the mid­fielder spent a year with Bris­tol Academy – now Bris­tol City – dur­ing Eng­land man­ager Samp­son’s reign.

“He was re­ally good,” she re­called. “He coached us as a team but also in­di­vid­u­ally and took his time to help us im­prove. It was a re­ally good time in my foot­balling ca­reer.”

Then there is Brown’s dad, Steve, a coach at Stoke Lane who has men­tored her rise to the Premier League.

“When I first came back from school and said I wanted to play foot­ball, he was straight on it,” re­called the 21-year-old. “He says I’m sort of the son he never had!

“He coached me right through my early teens un­til I

left for Bris­tol Academy and he has con­stantly pushed me to be bet­ter.”

Which brings us to Brown’s lat­est man­ager, Josh Gid­dins, who spot­ted her when he went to watch Chel­tenham in ac­tion against Lon­glevens in the county cup last month.

Jump­ing the Glouces­ter­shire di­vide may be taboo in the men’s game – Rovers and the Robins are not only ge­o­graph­i­cal ri­vals, but also com­pet­ing for pro­mo­tion this sea­son – but, for Brown, step­ping up a level was a no-brainer.

“My par­ents were speak­ing to Josh and said I was look­ing to train twice a week,” she said. “He said I was more than wel­come to come along, so I did.

“There was more of a ri­valry last sea­son when Chel­tenham and For­est Green were in the same league, but you still get a bit of stick if you go ei­ther way.

“Hav­ing said that, a lot of the play­ers are friends and all the girls have wished me well.”

Her first op­por­tu­nity to play at this level could come as soon as this af­ter­noon, when Brown is hop­ing to take her place in the match day squad against QPR.

For­est Green are six points adrift of Premier League safety as it stands, but Brown has her sights set on sur­vival as an im­por­tant step­ping stone, for her and the club.

She added: “QPR are im­me­di­ately above us so it’s a must-win game on Sun­day.

“Josh has got re­ally big am­bi­tions for the club and that means stay­ing up to start with and es­tab­lish­ing our­selves.”

MOV­ING UP: Adele Brown

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