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Medics saved my career: Brown

16 March 2018

Club News

Medics saved my career: Brown

16 March 2018

Scott Brown is looking forward to meeting up again with the medical team that he says 'saved his career' when Forest Green visit tomorrow.

Brown suffered a 'freak' leg break when making his debut for Cheltenham back in 2007 and was told he might never walk properly again, let alone resume his career in football.

However thanks to work of then Cheltenham club doctor Alistair Smith and physio Ian Weston, Brown returned to football 18 months later and now sits at the top of League Two with Stanley.

The medical duo now work at tomorrow's opponents Forest Green and Brown is looking forward to seeing the men he says he will be forever grateful to.

"It was a freak incident really," said the 32-year-old. "I was lining up a shot on the edge of the area when my team mate Damian Spencer has gone for the same ball and gone straight through the back of my leg.

"It was an open leg fracture and a dislocated my ankle. I was taken from the pitch and straight to the hospital, the surgeon told me that I would be lucky to walk properly again.

"From then I spent a lot of time working with Dr Alistair Smith and Wezo [Ian Weston] would pick me up every day for training while I was recovering.

"If it wasn't for their hard rehab programme then I probably wouldn't be playing today. As people, they are the best kind that you can work with in football. They are dedicated; they give you the time of day and play a massive role within the football club.

"Every time I see them I always thank them. I speak with Wez regularly about how we [Stanley] are getting on and how they [Forest Green] are getting on – he is a top man and I have got a lot to thank him for.

"It probably took me three or four years to get back to full fitness. I had a few mental issues that I had to address, but once I realised that I could get back to fitness, Coley took me in at Southport and that set me on the path to ending up here at Accrington Stanley."

You can read more from Scott Brown, who is the feature interview inside tomorrow's match day programme, which will be available from around the ground for just £3.

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