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Michael Moore (born 20 July 1952) is an English former footballer. A
midfielder A midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their team's Defender (association football), defenders and Forward (association football), forwards. Some midfielders play a stric ...
, he played for Preston North End and Port Vale, but made his name at both Southport and
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. He helped Southport to the Fourth Division title in 1972–73, and also played for Wigan in their first ever season in the English Football League, 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

Moore played youth football for Adlington Rangers and Blackburn Rovers F.C., Blackburn Rovers, before becoming an unused squad member for Football League Third Division, Third Division side Preston North End in 1970–71 Football League, 1970–71, during which time he also played on loan for Chorley F.C., 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 Football League, 1971–72, the "Sandgrounders" won promotion in 1972–73 as Fourth Division champions. However they were relegated in 1973–74 Football League, 1973–74, after which Moore was released. He spent time with Great Harwood F.C., Great Harwood and American side Dallas Tornado, before joining Northern Premier League side Altrincham F.C., Altrincham in 1975. He hit twenty goals in 45 games in league and cup in 1975–76 Northern Premier League, 1975–76. His scoring form continued into 1976–77 Northern Premier League, 1976–77, in which he bagged seventeen goals in 41 games, including a hat-trick against Woking F.C., Woking. He then switched clubs to
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, scoring 11 goals in 29 league games in 1977–78 Northern Premier League, 1977–78. The club were voted into the English Football League, 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. He played the last thirteen games of 1977–78 Port Vale F.C. season, the season, but failed to score and was transferred back to Wigan for £2,000 in August 1978. He scored nine goals in 41 games for the "Latics" in 1978–79 Wigan Athletic F.C. season, 1978–79, as Wigan posted a sixth-place finish in their first season of league football. Wigan again finished sixth in 1979–80 Football League, 1979–80, and Moore returned to non-league circles with Barrow A.F.C., Barrow, who were competing in the National League (division), Alliance Premier League. He later returned to Southport, who had by then lost their league status. He also played for Lytham F.C., Lytham (on loan), Leyland Motors F.C., Leyland Motors, Glossop North End A.F.C., Glossop, Chorley, Leigh Genesis F.C., Horwich R.M.I. and Adlington Athletic.


Style of play

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."


Statistics

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Honours

;Southport *Football League Fourth Division champion: 1972–73 ;Wigan Athletic *Northern Premier League runner-up: 1977–78 Northern Premier League, 1977–78


References

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