Moore playing for AFC Wimbledon in 2013
|Full name||Samuel Leslie Moore|
|Date of birth||7 September 1987|
|Place of birth||Deal, England|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|2007–2008||→ Brentford (loan)||20||(2)|
|2016–2017||→ Dover Athletic (loan)||17||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:48, 28 February 2017 (UTC).
Samuel Leslie "Sammy" Moore (born 7 September 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Leyton Orient. He made his league debut for Ipswich Town at the age of 19. He went on to play for both Brentford and Stevenage for short spells before signing for non-league side Dover Athletic with whom he remained for two seasons. Dover Athletic proved unable to offer Moore his demands for full-time football however, and he moved to Conference side AFC Wimbledon. At the end of AFC Wimbledon's first season in League Two, Moore was voted Player of the Year 2011–12 by "Dons" fans. His contract was not renewed at the end of the 2014–15 season, and he subsequently signed for League Two side Leyton Orient.
Moore was born in Deal, Kent and was educated at nearby Dover College. He joined the Charlton Athletic Academy at the age of 8, before being sold to the Chelsea Academy at the age of 14 on 1 July 2002 for a fee of £35,200. He remained with Chelsea for two years before joining the academy of Championship side Ipswich Town on a free transfer on 1 July 2004. The young midfielder quickly integrated himself into the Ipswich Town under–18s squad, and would receive his biggest honour for the club by being a member of the team that won the 2004–05 FA Youth Cup by beating Southampton 3–2 on aggregate on 23 April 2005 in front of a crowd of 14,889 at Portman Road. He signed his first professional contract with Ipswich Town on 1 July 2006, which would keep him at the club for two seasons. The young midfielder made his Football League debut for the club in a 3–1 win over Sunderland on 23 September 2006 as an 89th minute substitute for Matt Richards, in what would prove to be his only senior appearance for "The Blues".
On 25 July 2007, it was announced that Moore would join League Two side Brentford on an initial one-month loan deal. On 11 August 2007, Moore made his debut for Brentford in a 1–1 draw with Mansfield Town. On 15 August 2007, it was announced that Brentford manager Terry Butcher had extended Moore's loan spell with "The Bees" until 7 January 2008. Moore scored his first Football League goal for Brentford on 22 September 2007 in a 2–0 win over Chester City. Moore also scored the winning goal in a 1–0 victory over Lincoln City on 27 October 2007. Moore made his 20th and last appearance for "The Bees" on 5 January 2008 in a 1–0 win over Shrewsbury Town. After returning to Ipswich Town, Moore was released by manager Jim Magilton on 24 January 2008 after being told that he had no future with the club.
On 28 January 2008, Moore signed for Conference side Stevenage Borough on a non-contractual basis until the end of the 2007–08 season. The 20-year-old midfielder made his debut for "The Boro" on 2 February 2008 in a 4–0 defeat by Exeter City. Moore scored his only goal for Stevenage in a 2–1 defeat by Northwich Victoria on 22 April 2008. Moore made his final appearance for "The Boro" in a 2–1 win over Halifax Town on 26 April 2008. Moore was not offered a new deal with Stevenage and was subsequently released by the club on 20 May 2008.
On 5 June 2008, the 20-year-old midfielder signed a two-year contract with his local club, Dover Athletic, who had just won promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division. He remained with the club for two years but following his demands for full-time football, which could not be met by Dover, Moore left at the close of the 2009–10 season.
On 16 July 2010, Moore signed for Conference side AFC Wimbledon following strong performances as a trialist. On 21 August 2010, Moore opened his scoring account for The Dons with a goal in a 3–0 victory over Tamworth. On 18 November 2010, Moore scored a goal late in injury time against Ebbsfleet United to advance AFC Wimbledon to the second round of the 2010–11 FA Cup. On 5 May 2012, Moore was named AFC Wimbledon Player of the Year for the 2011–12 season. He made his 100th league appearance for the club, with only 5 of them being from the substitutes bench, in a 2–0 win over York City at Bootham Crescent on 7 September 2013.
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