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Emma Jolliffe writes

Posted Monday, September 17th 2018

Marvin Brown back at Bristol City

City's youngest ever debutant and former England international has joined the club as a full-time Academy coach.

Marvin Brown, who started playing for the club at the age of 8, was selected by the Premier League as one of the most promising Academy coaches in the country and re-joined City at the start of pre-season.

Marvin has made 19 appearances for the club and is famously Bristol City’s youngest ever player; his debut came in September 1999’s League Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest at the age of 16 years and 71 days.

After a successful few years with Tony Pulis’ City team and England caps from U15-U18 levels, Marvin moved on to Yeovil in 2004 and already had his eye on a future coaching career. The Academy were lucky enough to have him heading up the U12-U15 teams around the same time, with graduates including the little-known Bobby Reid and Joe Bryan…

Working at the Academy, playing football to a high standard and coaching in the community led Marvin to found Total Pro Soccer, a development centre for young boys in the Bristol area. TPS soon formed a close link with City’s Academy and kept Marvin on the Bristol City radar; “For me it’s always been about having an impact on young players – hopefully I’ve done that with TPS and can continue to do with our Bristol City players”.

Marv started working with the Under-18 strikers on a part-time basis during Christmas 2017 but when the Premier League’s ECAS (Elite Coaching Apprentice Scheme) opportunity came up, there was only one club he had in mind: “There really wasn’t any other option when I applied for the ECAS scheme – you have to get endorsed by a club to join the scheme and it was either going to be a yes from Bristol City or nothing at all!”

"I don’t coach out of a textbook. I can give the boys good life advice as well as share my playing experience"

Marvin Brown, Bristol City Academy coach

Dave Horseman, Head of Coaching at the Academy, is delighted with Marvin’s appointment: “It’s so great to have Marv back in this capacity; he’s got such a different perspective to add, has had elite experience at national and international level and – quite rightly – has quickly gained the utmost respect from the players and parents.”

Marvin - though clearly a talented footballer - credits education for his longevity in the game and hopes to pass that wisdom onto the young City players: “I think my main bits of advice would be to take every opportunity and don’t assume you’ve made it before you have; I was playing for England at U18 but that didn’t mean I could relax. I took my PE and business studies classes really seriously and knew I wanted to do something in sport when I was older – and just look at where I am now.”

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