Guest of Honour: Rachel Brown-Finnis
We are delighted to welcome Rachel Brown-Finnis to Broughton as our Guest of Honour for Awards Evening taking place on Thursday 15th December.
Rachel is a former goalkeeper who has played for England on more than 80 occasions, and with top WSL sides Liverpool Women and Everton Ladies.
In 1995, Rachel signed for Liverpool Ladies at the age of 15. She played there for 3 years, during which she made her senior England debut, in February 1997.
In 1998, Rachel made the move to America. She attended the University of Pittsburgh where she not only earned a degree in Sports Science, but was named Goalkeeper of the Year every year! She also holds the Pittsburgh Panthers record for the fewest goals conceded in a season.
Whilst playing for England, she went on to qualify for Women's Euro 2001 and 2005, as well as the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China. In 2009, she became one of the first female players to be given a central contract by the FA, a ground breaking moment for women's football in this country.
Rachel then signed for Everton ladies, where she played from 2003 until 2014; in 2010 she played in her second FA Women's Cup Final, collecting her first winner's medal. Rachel was also in the Team GB squad for the London 2012 Olympics.
After retiring early in 2015, Rachel has worked in the media as a pundit and co-commentator and is an ambassador for UCFB - University Campus of Football Business. She works regularly on BT Sport Score, BBC's Women's Football Show and BBC Football Focus and covered the Women's 2019 World Cup in France as a BBC pundit.
During the WSL 2019/2020 season, Rachel wrote a weekly column for The Guardian, before leaving to focus solely on punditry and co-comms.