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Rovers hope new faces can turn season around

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Bedlam in Burslem rips Vale apart

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Ronnie Moore parts company with Rotherham

League Two promotion hopefuls Rotherham have confirmed that manager Ronnie Moore has left the club by mutual consent.

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