THE Lancashire & Cheshire AFL is delighted to announce that Rob Brown has joined the committee.
With decades of experience within football at a playing and coaching level, as well as board level expertise, Rob brings a wealth of knowledge that will prove vital in overseeing league development.
He has been heavily involved in the game within the region, having played for Manchester Boys as a teenager before making his debut for Afroville – later Astro – who dominated amateur football in the area for many years.
His amateur career also included spells at Irlam Town and Gregorians, where he was part of a side that swept the board in 1986.
Rob then moved onto Buxton after impressing in a friendly and signed a long-term contract after attracting the attention of European Cup-winning defender Larry Lloyd. This was a fruitful spell too, which saw the team play in a cup final at Maine Road.
A spell at Winsford followed, with cup competition proving particularly successful before a return to Buxton for a three-year spell.
Rob began his move towards coaching by the age of 33, working as an assistant manager and then joint manager at Witton Albion, which was followed by a scouting role for Charlton Athletic.
A four-year playing stint at Gregorians was cruelly ended by serious injury but Rob channelled that setback by leading the side to two league titles as first team manager.
During his playing days, Rob crossed paths with former Premier League footballer David Hirst, and the enigmatic talent of Frank Worthington in a fundraising match.
He has impressive boardroom experience inside and outside of football, with Wythenshawe Amateurs and Manchester City Council.
The league will draw upon all that experience; as part of his role, Rob will play a crucial part in addressing the issues of diversity in football.
He outlined his plans in this vital area: “I believe the way to address the issue is by creating good lines of communication and getting people to talk and understand the issues – allow people to get things wrong but have the conversation.
“There are lots of opportunities now to allow everyone to learn in different ways and we just need to learn from each other and not force the issue.
“Bigger organisations need to do things the right way and make the type of changes that will have a positive effect further down the line.
“I think a discussion group with officials and players would be a good way to start the conversation.”
Mike Yates, Chairman of the L&C, is delighted to be able to lean on Rob’s expertise.
He said: “I have known Rob for 40 years from our time at Gregorians, so it was great to hear he wanted to become involved.
“He has agreed to develop our diversity and inclusivity policies, which is a great help to the committee. We are very much looking forward to working closely with him.”