Luke Moore

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Luke Moore
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Moore with Elazığspor
Personal information
Full name Luke Isaac Moore[1]
Date of birth (1986-02-13) 13 February 1986 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC
Number 27
Youth career
–2003 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2008 Aston Villa 87 (14)
2003–2004 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 6 (4)
2008 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 10 (0)
2008–2011 West Bromwich Albion 47 (5)
2010 Derby County (loan) 13 (4)
2011–2013 Swansea City 55 (8)
2013–2014 Elazığspor 17 (0)
2014 Chivas USA 6 (0)
2014– Toronto FC 10 (3)
National team
2005 England U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 July 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 December 2008

Luke Isaac Moore (born 13 February 1986) is an English football striker who plays for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer.[2] Moore has represented England at England U21 level and is the younger brother of fellow former professional footballer, Stefan Moore.


Aston Villa[edit]

As a youngster, Moore played for Romulus and Tame Valley Primary School. As a member of Aston Villa's youth academy, he was prohibited from appearing for his secondary school, Hodge Hill, but nevertheless appeared in "a couple of cup games" for the school.[3] Moore is the younger brother of the former Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa striker Stefan Moore. Together they were a crucial part of the Villa FA Youth Cup winning team of 2002. In December 2003 he was loaned to Wycombe Wanderers, who had failed in their approach for him earlier in the season.[4] Moore made his Wycombe début in a 1–1 draw against Notts County on 13 December 2003.[5] He only had to wait until his next game, against Bournemouth to score his début goal in a 2–0 victory.[5] On 3 January 2004 he scored his first career hat-trick in a 4–1 home win over Grimsby Town.[5]

Upon his return to Aston Villa, Moore made his first-team debut, as a substitute in a 2–2 draw against Birmingham City.[6] His first senior goal for Villa came in the 2–0 victory against Middlesbrough on 5 March 2005. Less than a year later, on 5 February 2006, Moore scored his first Premiership hat-trick for Villa, again against Middlesbrough.

Despite Villa signing additional forwards such as Kevin Phillips and Milan Baroš in the summer of 2005, Moore kept his place in the first-team squad, starting some games and coming on from the bench in others. The departure of Phillips and the injury to Baroš ensured his place as a starter for the first team at the beginning of the Premiership season

Moore warming up for a game.

Moore sustained a serious injury to his right shoulder in a game against Chelsea, an injury which had been persistent during his career. Moore travelled to the USA to undergo surgery in October 2006, with Cleveland Browns' head team physician Anthony Miniaci carrying out the procedure, following advice from Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner.[7]

Moore returned from his shoulder injury on 9 April 2007, coming on as a substitute for Shaun Maloney against Wigan Athletic at Villa Park. On 14 April 2007, having again come on as a substitute, he scored with a header in a 3–1 win against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. It was his first senior goal since the 2–0 victory over Charlton Athletic on 23 September 2006. Moore came on against Bolton Wanderers in the last Villa game of the season to equalise in the 83rd minute, earning Villa a draw.

On 25 July 2007, he scored a hat trick for Aston Villa in the friendly match with Toronto FC. In January 2008 Villa manager Martin O'Neill revealed that Rangers manager Walter Smith had contacted him about possibly signing Moore. O'Neill quoted Rangers with a price of £3.5 million for Moore.[8] On 22 February, Moore joined rivals West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season, signing a deal to join permanently for £3.5m in the summer of 2008.[9]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Moore made his Albion debut on 23 February 2008, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–1 home defeat to Hull City.[10] He received the first red card of his career in a 4–1 home defeat to Leicester City on 15 March 2008.[11] On 28 May 2008, he completed his transfer to the newly promoted Premiership side for a fee of £3 million.[12]

Moore scored his first goal for West Brom on 21 December 2008 against Manchester City. In the 2009–10 Championship season, Moore opened his account with a brace in the 3–2 victory at Peterborough United, 18 August.[5] However, Moore's scoring record after was poor, and it was widely expected that he would leave West Bromwich Albion during the 2010 summer transfer window.

Derby County (loan)[edit]

On 1 September 2010, Moore was not included in West Bromwich Albion's 25-man squad for the new season therefore deeming him surplus to requirements at the Hawthorns, a move which saw him join Football League Championship side Derby County later that same month on a 29-day loan deal.[13] Moore was primarily used as a substitute in at the start of his spell at The Rams, 3 of his 4 appearances coming as substitute, but impressed enough for Derby boss Nigel Clough to want to extent his spell at Pride Park.[14]

The same day as Clough announced his desire to retain Moore's services, he scored his first goal for the club, on his second start, with the opener in a 3–2 victory at Doncaster Rovers. The next week, it was announced his Derby loan had been extended for a further month,[15] the loan was further extended to the end of December.[16]

Moore warming up in a match against Arsenal.

Derby manager Nigel Clough was keen to extend his loan until the end of the season in December,[17] but after scoring in a 5–2 defeat against Nottingham Forest in the East Midlands derby game at the City Ground,[18] Moore returned to West Brom stating that he wanted to keep his options open for the January transfer window.[19]

Moore scored 4 times in 13 league appearances for The Rams of which 9 were starts.[5]

Swansea City[edit]

After a frustrating spell at West Bromwich Albion, Moore signed for Swansea City on a two-and-a-half-year deal on 7 January 2011 for an undisclosed fee rumoured to be a free transfer.[20] Moore made his debut against Colchester United on 8 January 2011 in the FA Cup. He scored his first goal for Swansea in a home victory against Doncaster Rovers on 19 February 2011. His second Swansea goal came in a 3–0 win over Leeds United on 26 February 2011. He scored a late goal against Manchester City which was the winning goal on 11 March 2012 in a 1–0 victory. That result knocked Man City down to second place due to Manchester United 2–0 win over West Brom.

He scored twice in three games for Swansea City during their 2012–13 Football League Cup campaign, which resulted in the club winning the title.

On 23 August 2013, Swansea City confirmed that Moore's contract had been terminated by mutual consent.


Luke Moore joined Turkish club Elazığspor on a free transfer on 24 August 2013, on a three-year contract.[21]

In January 2014, Moore's agent Peter Morrison revealed that Moore may be able to leave Elazığspor on a free transfer due to a problem regarding financial obligations. Moore was linked with a return to England, with clubs like Leeds United believed to be interested.[22]

Chivas USA[edit]

On 24 February 2014 it was announced that Moore had agreed to join Chivas, for the 2014 MLS Season.[2] He was traded to the Colorado Rapids on 8 May for Marvin Chávez.

Toronto FC[edit]

On 8 May 2014, after Chivas traded Moore to Colorado, Colorado traded Moore to Canadian MLS team Toronto FC for Gale Agbossoumonde. [23] Moore scored in his league debut with the team in a win against New York Red Bulls on 17 May after coming on as a sub in the 56th minute for Gilberto Oliveira Souza Júnior.

International career[edit]

Moore made his England U21 in 2005 and represented the team five times in total.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 25 June 2014
Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Total
2003–04 Aston Villa Premier League 7 0 7 0
2003–04 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) Second Division 6 3 6 3
2004–05 Aston Villa Premier League 25 1 1 0 1 0 27 1
2005–06 27 8 3 0 2 0 32 8
2006–07 13 4 1 0 14 4
2007–08 15 1 1 0 2 1 18 2
2007–08 West Bromwich Albion (loan) Championship 10 0 10 0
2008–09 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 21 1 1 0 1 0 23 1
2009–10 Championship 26 4 2 0 1 0 29 4
2010–11 Premier League 1 0 1 0
2010–11 Derby County (loan) Championship 13 4 13 4
Swansea City 181 3 2 0 201 3
2011–12 Premier League 20 2 1 1 1 0 22 3
2012–13 17 3 0 0 3 2 20 5
Turkey League Turkish Cup Total
2013–14 Elazığspor Süper Lig 14 0 3 0 17 0
USA League Lamar Hunt US Open Cup MLS Cup Playoffs Total
2014 Chivas USA Major League Soccer 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Canada League Canadian Championship MLS Cup Playoffs Total
2014 Toronto FC Major League Soccer 7 3 1 0 0 0 7 3
Career total 2381 34 15 1 13 3 2661 41

1Includes three 2010–11 Football League Championship play-off appearances.


Aston Villa:

Swansea City:


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  10. ^ "WBA vs Hull City". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 23 February 2008. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mowbray keeps counsel on Moore red". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 17 March 2008. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "West Brom sign Moore from Villa". BBC. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2008. 
  13. ^ "Rams Land Moore on Loan". 25 September 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Clough is keen to extend Moore's loan stay". Derby Telegraph. 19 October 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Moore extends his Derby stay". 28 October 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Rams to enjoy more of Moore". 24 November 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  17. ^ "Rams to act fast on Luke during window". 22 December 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Nott'm Forest 5–2 Derby". BBC Sport. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  19. ^ "Moore Returns To West Brom". 31 December 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "Swansea City sign West Brom striker Luke Moore". BBC Sport. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  21. ^ "Moore joins Turkish club Elazigspor after cancelling contract 10 months early". Daily Mail (London). 
  22. ^ Moore set for free move from Turkeynsfer-news-luke-moore-set-for-free-move-from-turkey "Luke Moore set for free move from Turkey". Sky Sports. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
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