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Former Cheltenham Town defender John Brough to take over at Cleeve

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: May 14, 2013

  • John Brough on the day he signed for Cleeve as a player, pictured with ex-boss Paul Collicutt and chairman Dave Walker

  • John Brough in action for Cheltenham Town

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Bishop's Cleeve will today unveil former Cheltenham Town defender John Brough as their new manager.

Brough spent time as a player at Kayte Lane late in a career which also took in spells at Notts County, Shrewsbury Town and Hereford United.

He joined the Robins in the summer of 1998 and was part of the Conference title-winning squad under boss Steve Cotterill, who always said he had the right credentials to make a successful manager.

Brough set up one of the most important goals in Robins history, Neil Grayson's last-gasp winner against Rushden and Diamonds in a Conference title showdown at Nene Park in April 1999.

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He spent seven seasons at Whaddon Road as a player, often operating as an emergency striker, but it was his non-nonsense defending that made him a favourite among the Whaddon Road faithful.

His last role in Gloucestershire was head of youth at Cheltenham Town, a job he took after spells with Newport County, Aldershot Town and Cleeve.

Alex Sykes stepped down as Cleeve boss at the end of the season along with his assistant Steve Jones and player/coach Matt Rose.

Brough will be assisted by his former Robins team mate Michael Jackson, who will continue to play as well.

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