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Bradford City sign goalkeeper for £1

Bradford City have signed goalkeeper Colin Doyle from Blackpool for a fee of £1.

Doyle was available for a pittance due to a clause in his contract which was activated after Blackpool's dismal season which culminated in relegation to League Two.

Ex-Birmingham stopper Doyle, who has one Republic of Ireland cap to his name, has signed a two-year deal at Valley Parade.

Ex-Man City youngster makes Bury move

Bury have signed left-back Greg Leigh on a two-year deal from Bradford City, the two clubs have confirmed.

Leigh came up through the ranks at Manchester City, enjoying a season on loan at Crewe before being released and joining Bradford on a permanent deal last season.

The defender managed just nine appearances last season at Valley Parade.



Andy Burnham calls for fresh Bradford City fire probe

The 1985 Bradford City stadium fire killed 56 people. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Labour's Andy Burnham has supported calls for a fresh investigation into the 1985 Bradford City stadium fire which killed 56 people.

The shadow health secretary called on the police to "re-examine the quality" of the original investigation into the blaze at Bradford's Valley Parade stadium.

The original inquiry judge Sir Oliver Popplewell ruled it was an accident but a new book by victim Martin Fletcher, who lost family members in the tragedy, has claimed that it was one of nine that occurred at businesses owned or linked to the club's then chairman Stafford Heginbotham.

Mr Heginbotham's son James has dismissed the claims as "just absolutely ridiculous".

These are allegations of the most serious kind, and if a bereaved family member feels that they need to be investigated then they should be.

I have always felt that the original Popplewell inquiry was conducted with undue haste, and there is a concern that these matters were not thoroughly looked into at the time.

I would call on the police to re-examine the quality of the original investigation into the fire at Bradford City, and in the light of this new information, consider whether a new investigation should be reopened.

– Andy Burnham in The Guardian

West Yorkshire police have said the force would consider any new evidence concerning the fire while Patsy Hollinger, the secretary of the Bradford City supporters' club at the time of the fire, called on the people of the city to demand a full inquiry.

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