Frankie’s slog to reach Scots women’s play-off

Frankie Brown. Pic: SNS

Frankie Brown. Pic: SNS

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FRANKIE BROWN has spoken about the challenges of being a footballer as she looked forward to Scotland taking on the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup play-off semi-final first leg at Tynecastle tonight (5.30pm).

During an eight-year stint with Hibs Ladies, the 27-year-old defender was amongst the first intake of students at the Scottish FA’s Women’s National Academy at the University of Stirling, where players combine training with their studies.

Having earned a degree in immunology at Edinburgh University, Brown graduated as a PhD student and in April, she signed for Women’s Super League side Bristol Academy and secured a job as a research assistant at Bath University.

Brown, who made her Scotland debut as a substitute in a 4-0 friendly win over Switzerland in September 2008, said her crammed and varied lifestyle was typical of a female footballer.

She told the SFA website: “All of us have done it at some point, combining work and football or a degree.

“I was part of the National Academy at Stirling which made it a lot easier and was really helpful, it’s just about time management and organising things appropriately.

“The Bristol move has been a big change but I’m really enjoying it.”