Spotlight - Fiona Brown.
Last May, Fiona Brown suffered a major ACL injury which kept her out of the rest of the 2015 season. Her goal against Inverness City in the SWPL Cup First Round sparked massive celebrations from the whole City squad. Spotlight recently sat down with her to discuss the mid-season break, her inclusion in the Scottish Training Camp and her role with Stenhousemuir Ladies.
1) How have you spent the mid-season break?
I actually had a great summer, I graduated from Uni, visited a school friend in London and went to Paris for the Euro final! After having time out before the break with glandular fever I started to train again to build my training load back up!
2) How do you rate the first half of the season for both City and yourself?
I think as a team, we are pleased to be sitting top of the table at the break, we would of course have preferred to be sitting top with the League Cup, but it's still been a successful half of the season for us, and still all to play for! On a personal level, the last 6 months for me were just about getting back playing and trying to get back to my best. I knew I'd have to miss a few midweek games etc to be careful when coming back to full fitness but being back playing and training is the best!
3) How do you feel the new SWPL 1 format has been this season?
I think it's been excellent! Games are closer and as we've seen the league is a lot tighter! There's not one particular team in the league that you think might be an easier game, they're all difficult which is good for everyone and for football in this country.
4) You've recently taken up an employment role with Stenhousemuir Ladies. What does that entail?
Yeah, it's been really good actually and I'm learning a lot! I run the girls academy from under 5's to u15's. I don't coach as often due to my own training schedule but I coordinate it all. It's a good experience and allows me to work around my training in the morning as well as at night.
5) You've been called up for the Scotland Training Camp. How are you feeling about that, especially with Scotland's position in the Euro qualification campaign?
It's always exciting to go to camps and be away with the squad. It's nice to get to go to the camp so soon after coming back too! It's obviously a place I want to get back to and has always been a goal. Yeah, the girls have been unreal in the qualifying campaign so far and I've no doubt that will continue. They all deserve to go to the Euro's more than anything so I'm excited to see that happen!!
6) What are your goals for the second half of the season?
As a team we of course want to win everything that we can! The league campaign and Scottish cup will be difficult but that is our goals. We also have Champions League which is always amazing and obviously we want to perform well in that and go as far as we can. Individually I'm hoping to play consistently well this second half and to create and score as many goals as I can.
7) Who are the footballers that you look up to?
I've always loved Gareth Bale and his direct style of play, not sure on his recent ponytail though! When I was wee, I used to go and watch Scotland ladies and loved Julie Fleeting and Jo Love, so it's strange to be playing alongside them now! I might have to take Julie away actually because she makes me run A LOTTT! Kidding gal xo
8) If you could play in your dream 5-a- side team, who would you pick?
Ooohh... I'd pick Denise O'Sullivan, Megan Cunningham as goalie, Kim Little, me and Chezminda to tick off her hit list at the back.