Byron Moore

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Byron Moore
Moore, Byron.jpg
Moore pictured in November 2010.
Personal information
Full name Byron Curtis Moore[1]
Date of birth (1988-08-24) 24 August 1988 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Port Vale
Number 19
Youth career
2004–2007 Crewe Alexandra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2014 Crewe Alexandra 262 (30)
2007 Kidsgrove Athletic (loan) 15 (7)
2014– Port Vale 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 19 October 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Byron Curtis Moore (born 24 August 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays for League One side Port Vale. He can play a winger or as a forward.

A graduate of the Crewe Alexandra Academy, he made his senior debut for Crewe Alexandra in August 2007. He went on to spend the next seven years with the club, twice playing at Wembley Stadium as he helped the "Railwaymen" to win promotion out of League Two via the play-offs in 2012 and then to go on and lift the Football League Trophy in 2013. He signed with nearby league rivals Port Vale in July 2014.

Playing career[edit]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

Moore began his career at Cheshire club Crewe Alexandra, graduating through the club's Academy to turn professional at Gresty Road after initially being spotted as a 15-year-old playing for Sandon High School and representing Stoke-on-Trent Schoolboys.[2] Before turning professional he spent part of the 2006–07 season on loan at nearby Kidsgrove Athletic, scoring seven goals in 15 Northern Premier League appearances for the "Grove".[3] He made his debut for the "Railwaymen" on 11 August 2007, following a last minute injury to first team regular Ryan Lowe, and helped the Crewe to a 2–1 home victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.[4] He signed a three-year contract with the club in September 2007.[5] He scored the first goal of his career in a 3–2 defeat to Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park on 29 September; his goal put Crewe 2–0 ahead before Oldham launched a successful comeback.[6] He was named on the League One 'Team of the Week' for his performance in a 2–0 victory over Yeovil Town, a game in which he scored the second goal of his senior career.[7][8] Manager Steve Holland showed faith in Moore, who ended the 2007–08 season with three goals in 36 appearances.

He scored four goals in 41 games in the 2008–09 season, as the club suffered relegation into League Two under new manager Guðjón Þórðarson, ending four points short of safety. He scored three goals in 35 matches in the 2009–10 campaign, and signed a new contract with the "Alex" in December 2009.[9] However the season ended in a disappointing 18th place finish, the club finishing 11 points above the Football League's relegation zone.

In the 2010–11 season Moore was switched to the wings and formed an effective front-three partnership with Clayton Donaldson and Shaun Miller.[10][11] He finally signed a new one-year contract with Crewe in July 2011, having held out for a number of months in the hope of attracting interest from bigger clubs.[12][13][14] Manager Dario Gradi stated that "I am not surprised that there has been no real interest in them [Moore and Donaldson]".[15]

Moore scored ten goals in 49 appearances in the 2011–12 campaign as he continued to progress under the stewardship of new manager Steve Davis. Two of these goals came against in 1–1 draws with local rivals Port Vale, as his strikes won what would prove to be a crucial two points in the club's play-off push.[16][17] He sealed promotion for Crewe when he scored the second goal in their 2–0 victory over Cheltenham Town to win the League Two play-off final.[18] He signed a new two-year contract with the club in July 2012.[19]

More scored four goals in 50 appearances in the 2012–13 season as Crewe ended the season in 13th place, ten points outside of the play-off zone. On 7 April, he provided assists to both Luke Murphy and then Max Clayton as Crewe beat Southend United 2–0 at Wembley to win the Football League Trophy.[20] He scored four goals in 43 appearances in the 2013–14 campaign, his form being described as "hot and cold" as Crewe finished just two places and four points above the relegation zone.[2] In June 2014 Moore confirmed that he would not be signing a new 12 month extension to his contract and would instead seek out a new club.[21][22]

Port Vale[edit]

Moore signed a two-year contract with League One side Port Vale in July 2014.[23] His arrival at Vale Park increased the local rivalry between Vale and Crewe, especially as the two managers had recently exchanged a war of words via local newspaper The Sentinel following the decision of Steve Davis to criticize Micky Adams for a contract offer he described as "derisory" that Vale offered to his son Joe Davis.[24] He was missing throughout the 2014–15 pre-season as he was on compassionate leave following the death of his brother.[25]

Style of play[edit]

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis criticised Moore for his lack of goalscoring ability during the course of his time at the club, though stated that this was the player's only weakness as a winger.[26][2] In January 2013 he said that "he works very hard in training but there's just something missing with him".[27] In June 2014 he stated that Moore had the potential to become a "key player" but was still young enough to improve further.[2] He can play a winger or as a forward.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crewe Alexandra 2007–08[29] League One 33 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 36 3
2008–09[30] 36 3 1 0 3 1 1[a] 0 41 4
2009–10[31] League Two 32 3 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 35 3
2010–11[32] 38 6 1 0 2 0 2[a] 0 43 6
2011–12[33] 42 8 1 1 1 0 5[b] 0 49 10
2012–13[34] League One 41 4 2 0 2 0 5[a] 0 50 4
2013–14[35] 40 4 2 0 0 0 1[a] 0 43 4
Total 262 31 10 1 10 1 15 1 297 34
Port Vale 2014–15[36] League One 6 0 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 9 0
Total 6 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 9 0
Career total 268 31 11 1 11 1 16 1 306 34
  1. ^ a b c d e f Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Two appearances in Football League Trophy, three appearances and one goal in League Two play-offs

Honours[edit]

with Crewe Alexandra

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ a b c d "There should be more to come from Byron Moore". The Sentinel. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "GOALSCORERS 2006/07". kidsgroveathletic.co.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Crewe 2-1 Brighton". BBC Sport. 11 August 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Teenager Moore earns Crewe deal". BBC Sport. 19 September 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Oldham 3-2 Crewe". BBC Sport. 29 September 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Crewe 2-0 Yeovil". BBC Sport. 3 November 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Team of the Week". football-league.co.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Crewe pair Matt Tootle and Byron Moore sign new deals". BBC Sport. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Crewe boss Dario Gradi praises Byron Moore in wing role". BBC Sport. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Crewe's Clayton Donaldson hungry for goals". BBC Sport. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Crewe Alexandra striker Byron Moore stalls on deal". BBC Sport. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Crewe Alexandra striker Byron Moore future unclear". BBC Sport. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Byron Moore finally signs new Crewe Alexandra contract". BBC Sport. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "No enquiries for unsettled strikers - Crewe Alex boss". BBC Sport. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Crewe 1 – 1 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  17. ^ "Port Vale 1 – 1 Crewe". BBC Sport. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  18. ^ Begley, Emlyn (27 May 2012). "Cheltenham 0 - 2 Crewe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Byron Moore signs two-year Crewe Alexandra contract". BBC Sport. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  20. ^ Osborne, Chris (7 April 2013). "Crewe 2 - 0 Southend". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  21. ^ Morse, Peter (11 June 2014). "Long-serving Moore seeks pastures new". Crewe Chronicle. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Crewe Alexandra: Byron Moore decides to depart Gresty Road". BBC Sport. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Byron Moore: Port Vale bring in winger from rivals Crewe". BBC Sport. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "Micky Adams tells Crewe boss Steve Davis to keep nose out of Valiants' business". The Sentinel. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  25. ^ "Rob Page impressed with Valiant battlers". The Sentinel. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  26. ^ "Crewe: Steve Davis wants Bryon Moore to reach double figures". BBC Sport. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  27. ^ "Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis wants more from Byron Moore". BBC Sport. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  28. ^ "Crewe Alexandra's Byron Moore yet to sign new contract". BBC Sport. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 

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