Stefan Moore

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Stefan Moore
Personal information
Full name Stefan Leroy Moore
Date of birth (1983-09-28) 28 September 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Solihull Moors
Youth career
Romulus
1998–2001 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Aston Villa 22 (2)
2001 Chesterfield (loan) 2 (0)
2004 Millwall (loan) 6 (0)
2005 Leicester City (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2008 Queens Park Rangers 39 (3)
2006 Port Vale (loan) 12 (1)
2008 Walsall 5 (1)
2008–2009 Kidderminster Harriers 14 (1)
2009 Silhill 4th XI 2 (5)
2009–2010 Halesowen Town 44 (39)
2010–2012 St Neots Town 86 (96)
2012–2014 Leamington 18 (11)
2013 Brackley Town (dual registration) 0 (0)
2014 Brackley Town 19 (12)
2014 Leamington 20 (9)
2014– Solihull Moors 0 (0)
National team
1998-1999 England U15
1999-2000 England U16 8 (0)
2000-2001 England U17 3 (0)
2001 England U19 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 23 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Stefan Leroy Moore (born 28 September 1983) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Solihull Moors of the Conference North. He is a product of the Aston Villa Academy where he came through the ranks with his younger brother, Luke Moore, who went on to play for Aston Villa and other teams in the Premier League.

He started his career as a youth playing for Romulus before joining Aston Villa's academy, captaining them to win the FA Youth Cup in 2003. Moore played for Aston Villa in the Premier League, before going on loan spells to Football League clubs Chesterfield, Millwall and Leicester City. He then joined Queens Park Rangers where he played for three years, making 39 appearances in the League. He was loaned out to Port Vale in 2006, before joining Walsall, Kidderminster Harriers, Silhill 4th XI, and Halesowen Town. He joined St Neots Town in 2010, and helped the club to the United Counties League Premier Division title and Huntingdonshire Senior Cup in 2010–11 and Southern League Central Division title in 2011–12. He joined Leamington in December 2012, and was dual-registered with Brackley Town four months later. Leamington won the Southern League title in 2012–13. He joined Solihull Moors in December 2014.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Moore played for Romulus as a youth player, before joining Aston Villa. Whilst at Aston Villa, Moore captained Villa's youth in the FA Youth Cup final in 2002, beating Everton 4–1.[1] Moore also picked up numerous caps for England youth sides at this time up to under-19 level.

Tall, quick and good on the ball, Moore has all the attributes necessary to succeed in the Premiership but is being treated with kid gloves by his manager.

—In January 2003, Moore was ranked alongside young starlets such as Wayne Rooney.[2]

Aston Villa[edit]

During the 2001–02 season, Aston Villa loaned Moore out to Second Division Chesterfield. He made his professional football debut on 27 October,[3] as Chesterfield were defeated 1–0 by Blackpool; Moore was substituted in the 72nd minute for Sean Parrish.[3] He went on to play two more matches for Chesterfield in the Football League Trophy and Second Division,[4] before being recalled by Villa at the end of the one-month spell.[5]

He broke into the Villa first team in 2002–03. Firstly in the summer of 2002 he played twice in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, against Swiss side FC Zürich and French club Lille OSC. He scored on the Premier League debut, a 75th minute substitute for Marcus Allbäck, he put an "18-yard screamer" past Charlton Athletic's Dean Kiely on 11 September at Villa Park.[6][7] He made a further fourteen appearances that season, playing at grounds such as Old Trafford and Anfield. A knee injury mid-way through the season caused manager Graham Taylor to insist on an extended rest period for the young midfielder.[8] During this down-time he signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the club.[9]

Villa had a much improved season in 2003–04 and Moore found a first team place more difficult to achieve. He made twelve appearances, eight of which were in the Premiership. On 20 December, he got onto the scoresheet at Blackburn Rovers' Ewood Park on the 62nd minute, five minutes later he was replaced by Darius Vassell as Villa held out for a 2–0 win.[10] In January his career was on the rocks following a damaging ankle injury.[11]

At the start of the 2004–05 season he joined Championship club Millwall on loan.[12] He played seven games for the "Lions", including a 1–1 draw with Ferencvárosi TC in the UEFA Cup First Round.[13] His spell at The Den ended in early October, though David O'Leary only used him once – replacing Carlton Cole 54 minutes into a 1–0 home defeat by Manchester United on 28 December. In March, Moore returned to the Championship with Leicester City.[14] He played seven games, but only got two starts for the "Foxes". At the end of the season he joined Ian Holloway's Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer, putting pen to paper on a three-year deal.[15]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

He played 27 games in 2005–06, scoring goals against Sheffield United and Ipswich Town.[16]

At the start of the 2006–07 season he joined Martin Foyle's Port Vale on a one month loan, down in League One.[17] He made fifteen appearances, scoring once against Northampton Town,[18] his spell being extended numerous times,[19] before returning to Loftus Road at the end of 2006. He played just three games for a struggling QPR side in April.

Moore made twelve appearances at the start of the 2007–08 season, making the scoresheet in a 1–1 draw with Watford. In early 2008 he was let go by the club[20] and in late February signed with Walsall,[21] following a trial spell.[22]

"Stefan is a very intelligent frontman. I have known him for a long time and know what he's capable of. His movement is excellent and he will get into the right positions to score goals."

—Walsall boss Richard Money upon signing Moore.[23]

He scored four minutes into his debut for the "Saddlers", in what was the only goal at Luton Town's Kenilworth Road on 1 March.[24] He made a further four appearances that month before losing his first team spot and getting released in the summer.[25] In April 2008, Moore had an unsuccessful trial with Australian A-League side Melbourne Victory for two-weeks, turning out in a match against Whittlesea Zebras.[26]

Non-League[edit]

Kidderminster Harriers[edit]

He left the Football League, signing with Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers on a short-term contract in October 2008,[27] following an injury to star striker Justin Richards.[28] After staying at the club on rolling monthly contracts,[29] he signed a more permanent deal in January.[30] Moore scored his first league goal for Kidderminster Harriers away at Forest Green Rovers on 7 April, where he scored an equaliser for Kidderminster to earn a point.[31] However, he made just nineteen appearances in 2008–09 and was later released.

Silhill Fourth XI[edit]

Moore joined up with Solihull-based side Silhill, playing with their fourth team Silhill Fourth XI in the Birmingham and District AFA League Division Five, in an attempt to maintain fitness. He made his debut in a 4–2 win against Parkfield Amateur Seconds. He followed this up with a hat-trick against Merien Athletic the following week in a 6–1 win, helping the Sils' fourth string to a record-high seventh position in the league.[32]

Halesowen Town[edit]

Moore then signed for Southern League Premier Division club Halesowen Town. In September 2009, Moore was linked with a move to Farnborough, but stayed and managed to score 20 goals in his first 20 league appearances (along with two more in two Southern League Cup matches). He ended the 2009–10 season with 39 league goals.[33]

Moore was the subject of a transfer offer from Brackley Town at the end of the 2009–10 season, with the club offering him a reported £1,000 per week to join them. After a season finishing just outside the play-off positions despite facing a 10-point deduction for going into administration, Moore criticised the owners of the club in local newspaper Halesowen News. He claimed that the owners "do not really know what they are doing" and commented on their "lack of ambition". Halesowen responded with an official club statement via their official website, stating that they had fined Moore one month's wages for his actions. What is more, the club said that they would be reporting two Football League clubs for making illegal approaches to sign Moore.

St Neots Town[edit]

In October 2010, Moore was signed by United Counties League side St Neots Town, for a reported five-figure fee, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract.[34] The club breezed to the top of the table, breaking every record in the United Counties League, including 160 goals in a season and a 13–0 win at Yaxley.[35] This won them promotion into the Southern League Division One Central for the 2011–12 season. They also won the Huntingdonshire Senior Cup after beating St Ives Town. They won the Division One Central title to claim a second successive promotion.

Leamington & Brackley Town[edit]

Moore joined Leamington in December 2012,[36] and scored three goals in his debut match against Bedworth United on 1 January 2013.[37]

Moore signed for Conference North side Brackley Town on 25 March 2012 in a dual registration deal with Leamington.[37] He made his debut two days later in a 1–1 draw with Halesowen Town. Leamington won the Southern League title in 2012–13, whilst Brackley qualified for the play-offs with a third-place finish. He left Leamington to play solely for Brackley in January 2014.[38] He scored 12 goals in 19 league games for the "Saints" in the 2013–14 campaign.

Moore returned to Leamington in May 2014 having turned down an extended contract offer from Brackley Town.[39]

Solihull Moors[edit]

In December 2014, Moore joined Conference North side Solihull Moors.[40]

Personal life[edit]

He attended Hodge Hill Sports and Enterprise College, in Hodge Hill, Birmingham.[41] He has a younger brother, Luke Moore who is a professional footballer, and the two were teammates at Aston Villa.[1] As of January 2011, Moore owns a taxi firm in Water Orton, Warwickshire.[42]

Honours[edit]

Aston Villa
St Neots Town
Leamington

References[edit]

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