Mick Moore

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Mick Moore
Personal information
Full name Michael Moore[1]
Date of birth (1952-07-20) 20 July 1952 (age 64)[1]
Place of birth Chorley, England[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Adlington Rangers
Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1971 Preston North End 0 (0)
Chorley (loan)
1971–1974 Southport 83 (11)
1974–1975 Great Harwood
1975 Dallas Tornado 20 (5)
1975–1977 Altrincham 68 (30)
1977–1978 Wigan Athletic 29 (11)
1978 Port Vale 13 (0)
1978–1980 Wigan Athletic 64 (12)
Barrow
Southport
Lytham (loan)
Leyland Motors
Glossop
Chorley
Horwich R.M.I.
Adlington Athletic
Total 277+ (69+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael Moore (born 20 July 1952) is an English former footballer. A midfielder, he played for Preston North End and Port Vale, but made his name at both Southport and Wigan Athletic. He helped Southport to the Fourth Division title in 1972–73, and also played for Wigan in their first ever season in the Football League. He also enjoyed an extensive non-league career, turning out for eleven different clubs, as well as spending a brief period in the United States with Dallas Tornado.

Playing career[edit]

Moore played youth football for Adlington Rangers and Blackburn Rovers, before becoming an unused squad member for Third Division side Preston North End in 1970–71, during which time he also played on loan for Chorley in the Northern Premier League.

He signed with Southport in 1971, who were then in the Fourth Division. After missing out on the play-offs in 1971–72, the "Sandgrounders" won promotion in 1972–73 as Fourth Division champions. However they were relegated in 1973–74, after which Moore was released.

He spent time with Great Harwood and American side Dallas Tornado,[2] before joining Northern Premier League side Altrincham in 1975. He hit twenty goals in 45 games in league and cup in 1975–76.[3] His scoring form continued into 1976–77, in which he bagged seventeen goals in 41 games, including a hat-trick against Woking.[3]

He then switched clubs to Wigan Athletic, scoring 11 goals in 29 league games in 1977–78.[4] The club were voted into the Football League after finishing second in the Northern Premier League at the end of the season. However Moore missed the celebrations as he joined Port Vale for a £3,000 fee in March 1978.[1] He played the last thirteen games of the season, but failed to score and was transferred back to Wigan for £2,000 in August 1978.[1]

He scored nine goals in 41 games for the "Latics" in 1978–79, as Wigan posted a sixth-place finish in their first season of league football. Wigan again finished sixth in 1979–80, and Moore returned to non-league circles with Barrow, who were competing in the Alliance Premier League. He later returned to Southport, who had by then lost their league status. He also played for Lytham (on loan), Leyland Motors, Glossop, Chorley, Horwich R.M.I. and Adlington Athletic.[1]

Style of play[edit]

Altrincham F.C. historian Terry Rowley described Moore as "a fast, tricky inside forward whose style of play was always going to be a crowd pleaser", and a player that was "instantly recognisable... with his blond hair and red boots."[3]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Mick Moore profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Preston North End 1970–71 Third Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Southport 1971–72 Fourth Division 27 2 0 0 0 0 27 2
1972–73 Fourth Division 31 5 1 0 2 1 34 6
1973–74 Third Division 25 4 1 0 0 0 26 4
Total 83 11 2 0 2 1 87 12
Dallas Tornado 1975 NASL 20 5 20 5
Port Vale 1977–78 Third Division 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
1978–79 Third Division 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 13 0 0 0 1 0 14 0
Wigan Athletic 1978–79 Fourth Division 41 9 2 1 0 0 43 10
1979–80 Fourth Division 23 3 1 0 1 0 25 3
Total 64 12 3 1 1 0 68 13

Honours[edit]

with Southport
with Wigan Athletic

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 203. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Mickey Moore". NASL Jerseys. 
  3. ^ a b c Rowley, Terry; Bill Coop. "Mickey Moore". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Hayes, Dean (1996). The Latics: The Official History of Wigan Athletic F.C. Harefield: Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-91-7.