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Ian Branfoot

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Full nameIan Grant Branfoot
Playing positionFull back

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Ian Grant Branfoot (born Gateshead, 26 January 1947) is an English former footballer and manager.

He played as a defender, and after starting at Gateshead joined Sheffield Wednesday, making his Football League debut in 1965. After 42 senior appearances for the club he left in 1969-70 for Doncaster Rovers. He made over 150 League appearances for Rovers, and after moving to Lincoln City in 1973-74, he went on to make over 150 league appearances for the Imps as well.

Branfoot was manager of Reading from 31 January 1984 to 23 October 1989, where he successfully managed the club to a record breaking start to the season of 13 straight wins in 1985, and led them to promotion to Division 2 as champions in 1986. The club maintained a 13th position the next season, but were relegated in 1988, but not before they won the Simod Cup on 27 March 1988.

He became manager of Southampton in June 1991, remaining in this position until January 1994. He then managed Fulham between 1994 and 1996. Branfoot was later had a spell at Sunderland A.F.C. as an academy director and at Leeds United as a scout.

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