- Ian Moore
Football player infobox
playername = Ian Moore
fullname = Ian Ronald Moore
nickname = Mooro
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1976|8|26|df=y
currentclub = Tranmere Rovers
clubnumber = 9
Striker/ Right Winger
years = 1994–1997
clubs = Tranmere Rovers
→ Bradford City (loan)
→ West Ham United (loan)
caps(goals) = 058 (12)
pcupdate = 22:09, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
Ian Moore (born
26 August 1976in Birkenhead) is an English professional footballer, who plays for League Oneside Tranmere Rovers . He mostly plays as a centre-forward but is also able to play on the right wing. He is the son of current Tranmere Rovers manager Ronnie Moore.
Moore began his career at Tranmere Rovers, where he broke into the first team while still a teenager, and made more than 50 appearances. He also spent a short period on loan at Bradford City to gain more first team experience. His impact on a Tranmere side that at the time was a regular contender for promotion to the Premier League, where his records for goals and assists and all-round contribution to play were impressive, along with his inclusion in England youth sides at all levels up to under-21's, led many to believe he was destined to play at an even higher level.
He made his first big-money move in March 1997 in a £1million move to Nottingham Forest under Frank Clark but failed to make a significant impact – getting just one goal in 15 games and so was loaned out again, this time to West Ham United. Moore was given little chance at the
Boleyn Groundand made just one substitute appearance.
Stockport County would be the next team to take a gamble on the goal-shy striker who signed him for a club record fee of £800,000. To some extent the gamble paid off and Moore gave a goal return of almost one goal in every four games – netting 20 times and becoming the club's leading scorer. This rapid improvement in form brought the attention of north west neighbours Burnley and Moore moved to
Turf Moorfor a £1million record transfer fee in the winter of 2000.Fact|date=March 2008huh
Moore became known at Turf Moor for his pace and dedication, and would regularly chase down goalkeepers and defenders to try and force mistakes. Moore would go on to make almost 200 appearances for 'The Clarets', scoring 37 league goals in the process. He seemed to enjoy the
FA Cupmost though – netting a hat-trick against Canvey Island and a double against Bournemouth. He was scouted by several larger clubs, but actual bids for the striker failed to materialise and Moore remained at Burnley. Some of his fans said he was like a "dog with a balloon".
As his career progressed at
Turf Moor, Moore was increasingly played as a winger, a position which would try to use his pace. This was not a position which Moore enjoyed though, and he would often visibly 'sulk' in games, and his previous determination had gone. Whilst at Burnley he also suffered a series of injuries which, while not career ending, were severe enough for the previously quick striker to lose much of his pace.
In the last year of his contract, Leeds United decided to sign the striker, where he re-joined the ex-Burnley assistant manager, Sam Ellis. Moore was sold by
Steve Cotterillfor a fee of £50,000, an amount many Burnley fans were surprised at due to the player's loss of form. Moore hardly featured under manager Kevin Blackwellwith many Leeds fans seeing Moore as a waste of time and space. However, on 19 September 2006in the League Cup game against Barnet, Moore scored his first goals for Leeds United, netting twice to lead the team to a 3–1 victory.
Under new manager,
Dennis Wise, Moore played regularly and looked a completely new player. He scored his first league goal for Leeds United against Southend United at Elland Roadand later scored against Stoke City too. However, he was released at the end of the season following his club's relegation to Football League One.
Moore signed for Hartlepool United on
12 July 2007, on a free transfer. But after nine goals from 30 appearances in all competitions he was transfer listed by the club in January 2008. [cite news
title=Pools put four on exit list
publisher=The Northern Echo
24 January 2008
31 January 2008Moore joined his father Ronnie when he signed for Tranmere Rovers for an undisclosed fee. [cite news
title=Tranmere manager Moore signs son
31 January 2008
publisher=BBC Sport] He scored on his debut against his former club Leeds United in a 2–0 Tranmere victory. [cite news
title=Leeds 0-2 Tranmere
2 February 2008
publisher=BBC Sport] He also netted against Millwall and Port Vale as he ended the season playing up front with Chris Greenacre.
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