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Ian Moores
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Personal information
Full name Ian Richard Moores
Date of birth 5 October 1954
Place of birth Chesterton, England
Date of death 12 January 1998 (aged 43)
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
000000 Staffordshire County Boys' Team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1976 Stoke City 50 (14)
1976–1978 Tottenham Hotspur 29 (6)
1977 Western Suburbs (loan) 5 (2)
1978–1982 Leyton Orient 117 (26)
1982–1983 Bolton Wanderers 29 (5)
1983 Barnsley (loan) 3 (0)
1983–1988 APOEL 116 (39)
1988–1990 Tamworth
Total 349 (92)
National team
000000 England under-21s 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ian Richard Moores (5 October 1954 – 12 January 1998) was an English footballer,[1] at 6 foot 2 inches, the bearded blonde striker was imposing figure on the pitch.

Playing career

Moores was born in Chesterton, Staffordshire and learned to play his football for the Staffordshire County Boys' Team. Moores then joined Stoke City's youth team and as a schoolboy at the age of fifteen continued his development at the old Victoria Ground.

Moores started as a left winger but became a centre-forward after a switch in Stoke's A team with a hat-trick to his name in the second half of a match. He graduated to the senior team in April 1974, having appeared for the England under-21 team twice.[2]

He moved to Tottenham Hotspur in August 1976 for a £75,000 fee.[3][4] At Spurs his room mate was Glenn Hoddle.

Moores started off well, scoring on his debut during a League Cup tie at Middlesbrough on 31 August 1976 which Spurs won 2-1. On 4 September 1976 Moores made his Tottenham league debut at Old Trafford. Spurs trailed 0-2 at half-time, but second half strikes from Moores, Ralph Coates and John Pratt gave them a 3-2 win. However, he only scored twice more during the rest of that season, against Wrexham in the League Cup in September 1976 and against Sunderland in a 1-2 home defeat in November 1976. Spurs were relegated at the end of the season to Division Two.

During the following season Moores didn't play until the 11th game of the season. He scored a hat-trick against Bristol Rovers on 22 October 1977, during which Colin Lee scored four in a record 9-0 win for Spurs at White Hart Lane. He played 12 more times that season and scored once more, against Crystal Palace three weeks later.

In July 1978 the arrival of Ossie Ardiles and Ricardo Villa spelt the end for Moores at White Hart Lane. He provided a cross for Villa to score against Nottingham Forest but played only once again, in a 1-4 home defeat against Aston Villa, which was to be his final ever appearance for Spurs. In September 1978 he left the club to join Leyton Orient for a fee of £55,000 where he scored 26 goals in 117 league appearances. Moores scored twice on his debut for Orient, as he had done for Spurs, away against Charlton Athletic on 6 October 1978.

Moores was a first team regular over the next four years, but when Orient were relegated to Division 3 in 1982 he signed for Bolton Wanderers. Moores scored five goals in 29 appearances that season. Bolton were relegated, like Spurs and Orient had been before and in July 1983 he moved to APOEL in Cyprus, where he remained for five years and where he is still regarded as a legend. He played alongside Terry McDermott and won the Cypriot League Championship and Cup and played in all three European competitions.

Returning to England in 1988, Moores had an unsuccessful trial with Port Vale before heading into the non-leagues. He helped Tamworth win the 1989 FA Vase, when he scored in the replay of the final, but that was to be his swansong. He retired as a player a year later, in 1990.


After this, Moores worked in personal finance in his native Potteries, and when he fell ill in 1997 with lung cancer, he was coaching the youth team of a local non-league side.

Ian Moores died in January 1998 at the age of 43.[5]


  1. ^ Heys, Mark (December 2, 2006). "Ian Moores". Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Moores called up after only two games". The Times (London): pp. 13; Issue 59268; col A. December 12, 1974. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  3. ^ Duggan, Jim. "Past Spurs transfer fees". Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  4. ^ Freeman, Tom (September 13, 1976;). "Spurs look to the future with Moores". The Times (London): pp. 9; Issue 59807; col E. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Wanderer loses his cancer battle". Bolton Evening News (This is Lancashire). 14 January 1998. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 


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