Former Bristol City and Accrington Stanley midfielder Scott Brown is the latest Everton Academy player to feature in our mini-podcast series Bred A Blue.
Brown came through the ranks with the Toffees and was a teammate of Wayne Rooney’s during the 2001/02 FA Youth Cup campaign that saw Everton lose in the final to Aston Villa.
He freely admits that it was very much a case of "Rooney and 10 others" such was the future England captain’s influence on the team.
Brown was a regular in the reserve side and had been training occasionally with the First Team when David Moyes gave him the devastating news that he was being released in 2004.
Brown quickly bounced back, however, and signed for Bristol City – the first of 12 clubs he played for during a colourful professional career.
He announced his retirement earlier this summer after making more than 400 appearances for, amongst others, Bristol City, Cheltenham Town, Fleetwood Town and Morecambe.
Brown discusses the highs and lows of his career and provides an insight into how Everton legend Colin Harvey's expert guidance helped shape him as a player.
Now looking to dip his toe into the world of coaching, Scott Brown is yet another example of a footballer who saw his dreams of playing for Everton dashed but had the character and ability to take the blow and fight back.