Dave Moorcroft (footballer)

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Dave Moorcroft
Personal information
Full name David Moorcroft
Date of birth (1947-03-16) March 16, 1947 (age 68)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1961-62 Liverpool schoolboys
1962-67 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967 Preston North End 8 (0)
1967–68 Skelmersdale United 65 (8)
1968–69 Dallas Tornado 86 (3)
1969–73 Tranmere Rovers 108 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Dave Moorcroft (born 16 March 1947 in Liverpool, England)[1] is a footballer who played as centre back for Skelmersdale United, Dallas Tornado in the North American Soccer League, and Tranmere Rovers.[2]

Moorcroft played in the youth team for Everton; he briefly appeared in the Central League for Preston North End before joining Skelmersdale United in 1967. He captained the team in the FA Amateur Cup final, held at Wembley Stadium in front of 85,000 spectators.[citation needed] In 1968, he joined Dallas Tornado in the newly formed North American Soccer League; he made 86 appearances for Dallas as captain.[citation needed]

When the North American Soccer League collapsed, Moorcroft returned to England, signing for Tranmere Rovers in 1969. He stayed there until 1973, and made 124 appearances before a knee injury forced him to retire from the game at age 26.[citation needed] After a short spell as youth team coach at Tranmere, he left the game and had a very successful career in the protective clothing business before opening retail stores in Birmingham.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Upton, Gilbert; Wilson, Steve; Bishop, Peter (24 July 2009). "Player Records". Tranmere Rovers: The Complete Record. Breedon. pp. 520–538. ISBN 978-1-85983-711-5. 
  2. ^ Upton, Gilbert; Wilson, Steve (November 1997). "Players' Data". Tranmere Rovers 1921–1997: A Complete Record. pp. 101–108. ISBN 978-0-9518648-2-1.