Sporting Digest: Football

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John Rudge, sacked by Port Vale after 15 years as manager, has been offered the post of chief scout by Birmingham City. Trevor Francis, the Birmingham manager, has urged the club's owners to spend "whatever it takes" to secure Rudge, saying: "I'd pay good money of my own to see the dossier on players he has built up."

West Bromwich will face the Jamaican national side at the Hawthorns on 23 May in a testimonial for the club's record goalscorer Tony Brown. Brown scored 218 League goals for Albion between 1963 and 1979 and made 574 League appearances. The Jamaicans will face Albion as part of a European tour that also sees them play Norway and Sweden.

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