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Ian Grant Branfoot (born Gatesheadmarker, 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, 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, having sold Trevor Senior and Kevin Bremner, in the summer of 1987, were relegated in 1988, but not before they won the Simod Cup on 27 March 1988, by beating Luton Town 4–1 at Wembley. Branfoot, however, was sacked in October the following year, with the team mid-table in Division 3.

He was coach at Crystal Palace between December 1989 and June 1991, before becoming manager of Southampton. He subsequently had two and a half years as manager at the Dellmarker, where he became the most vilified manager in the club's history (until Harry Redknapp), the stands often ringing to the sounds of the chant, "We Want Branfoot Out". Branfoot resigned on 11 January 1994.

He then managed Fulham for two seasons in the mid 1990s. He was academy director at Sunderland between 1998 and 2002.

He is currently a football professional at Winchester Collegemarker.


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