Rachel Brown’s cosmopolitan journey in football is reflected by the fact that she has a scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh to her name, as well as a degree in PE from Liverpool’s John Moores University.
She’s a qualified coach and teacher, and has a full-time post at Everton Football Club helping promote football in the community, where she has played a major role in the highly regarded ‘Everton in the Community - School Bus Programme’. She finds time to be the best goalkeeper in England, too!
This was aptly illustrated in England’s World Cup 2007 adventure. England weren’t expected to even qualify for the finals from a tough group, but went into the last game needing a draw against France to go through. Deep into the second half, Brown pulled off an unbelievable save to secure England the point they needed. Brown was the only English player selected for the 2007 Fifa All Star Team that played against China.
Once in the finals, Brown was again alert to the danger to make a world-class block and keep a clean sheet against favourites Germany. This was no surprise, as Brown has been making heroic moves throughout her career.
Her big break came when she was spotted by Liverpool while on a training session at Bob Wilson’s Goalkeeping Camp. One of her early career highlights saw her line up in goal for Liverpool against Arsenal in the 1996 Women’s FA Cup Final - at the age of 15.
After a couple of seasons at Liverpool, during which time she made her England debut and took her A Levels, Brown got the chance to play and coach in the United States. In goal for the Pittsburgh Panthers, Brown was named footballer of year for the Eastern Conference and still holds the University record for least goals conceded.
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Date of birth: 2 July 1980
Place of birth: Burnley
Honours and achievements
1 of 4 International players heading up the promotional campaign for 2009 UEFA Championships
Promotes football in the community at Everton FC
2009: Nominated for the International Player of the Year award 2009 having represented England 14 times with 7 clean sheets
2009: Represents England in European Championships where England reach the final, but lose to Germany
2008: Earns 53rd cap for England against Spain, helping them qualify for Euro 2009
2007: Plays every game as England progress to quarter-finals in 2007 World Cup
2000: England first team debut vs Ukraine
2000: Earns football scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh, USA
1997: Makes England U18 debut against Germany
1996: Plays in FA Cup final for Liverpool when just 15 years old.
Scouted by Liverpool while at the Bob Wilson goalkeeping academy