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NEIL WARNOCK was yesterday confirmed as the new manager of Sheffield United at a Bramall Lane press conference.

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Port Vale 1 Bradford City 1

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Ipswich Town 1 Clapham 40 Port Vale 0 Half-time: 1-0 Attendance: 16,328

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Obituary: John McGrath

THE LURID public persona of John McGrath - something between Desperate Dan and Attila the Hun, as perceived by the average English football fan during the 1960s and early 1970s - was viewed wryly by those who had monitored the progress of the burly Mancunian at his first professional club.
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