ian moores - fact file

1976 - 1978        forward

Born on 5th October 1954 in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England.

Height : - .m  (6' 2")

Weight : -  - kgs  (13st 8lbs)


Brought up in Silverdale, Stoke-on-Trent, where he attended Edward Orme Secondary School, Newcastle-Under-Lyme.

Ian played for Staffordshire County Boys and was spotted by Stoke City (the club he supported as a boy) at 15, when he signed schoolboy forms and subsequently got an apprentice contract.  Started on the left wing, but an injury to a team-mate saw him moved to centre forward, with a hat-trick to his name in the second half of the A team game proving this would now be his position.

Made his England Under-23 debut v Wales at Wrexham in 1975 and went on to play again v Czechoslovakia in Trnava.

Scored regularly for Stoke as they reached the First Division and a goal against Spurs in the FA Cup convinced them of his potential.

Moores signed for Tottenham in 1976, when his height and presence was thought to be a useful asset in the Tottenham forward line.  It proved to be so to start off with, but a loan spell in Australia in the close season of 1977 helped further with a return to the side, then in the old Second Division, with a hat-trick in the 9-0 win over Bristol Rovers at the Lane and other goals as Spurs pushed for an immediate return to the top flight.

On the return to the First Division, new signings pushed Moores down the pecking order and his chances became limited, so a move to Orient in September 1978 followed.  Spent nearly four years at the East London club and spent some of his time as a central defender too. 

In 1983 he moved to Cyprus to play for APOEL of Nicosia, where his experience helped the side to a Cup win and the league title during his five years there.

On his return to England he had a trial with Port Vale, before playing non-league football with Newcastle Town and Tamworth, with whom he won the FA Vase.

He kept in touch with the game on retirement, by coaching the youth team at a local non-league side even though he was working in personal finance at the time.  However, Ian was unfortunately struck down with cancer and died in Stoke on January 13th 1998.



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Stoke City (professional) June 1972 - ?? April 1974 v Leicester City (Away) ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 28th August 1976 £75,000 Middlesbrough (League Cup) (away) 32 8
Western Suburbs (Australia) Summer 1977 Loan ??  ?? ??
Orient September 1978 ?? ??  132 31
Bolton Wanderers ?? ?? ??  30 5
Barnsley ?? Loan ??  3 ??
APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus) 1983 ?? ??  ?? ??
Port Vale 1988 Trial ??  ?? ??

Career Stats

Stoke City
League appearances - 225

England international
0 full caps;  0 goals
Under-23 caps; goals
Debut : - 1975 v Wales (Wrexham)
Cyprus League winners medal 1985-86 (APOEL)
Cyprus Cup winners medal 1983-84 (APOEL)
FA Vase winners medal 1989 (Tamworth)



Signed from Stoke City, Ian scored on his debut 31st August 1976 v Middlesbrough (League Cup) (away) won 2-1

Started as a left winger, but in an A team game, had to switch to centre forward at the interval because of injury to the regular number nine.   “Alan (A'Court, Stoke City first team coach) put me right on a lot of little things and spent a lot of time helping to improve my game.”

Was single, living in a hotel in Enfield.

Had always supported Stoke and dreamed of being a professional footballer.  If he hadn't been a footballer he would have tried to become a PE instructor in the RAF. His brother was in the air force.

Made his England Under-23 debut v Wales (Wrexham) within a year of his 1974 debut for Stoke.

“I'm quite impressed with the set-up at Spurs, the training facilities are tremendous and the other players are a great bunch of lads.”

Although a Stoke fan, Spurs always held an interest for him. “I suppose a great player like Jimmy Greaves helped to fire my imagination and I also admired Martin Chivers.”

“I didn't realise that within 15 minutes driving from the training ground I could be in open country. It was much the same for me at Stoke and I have no feeling of being hemmed-in in a big city.

Was a useful club cricketer.

Enjoyed a day at the races.

Likes listening to music – Status Quo, Bad Company and Led Zeppelin.

Favourite TV stars are Morecombe and Wise.

Ambitions - “To keep in the first team and to justify the confidence shown by Spurs in signing me from Stoke.”

Ian Moores will marry a 23 year old beauty consultant – Miss Ann Zakrzewski – from Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent.

They were to be married on Sunday 24th April 1977 at Biddulph and Stoke City forward John Ruggerio will be best man.

Ann's father was Polish.

Ian and Ann will live in Cheshunt after the wedding. 

Moores will spend a month of the close season at Sydney club Western Suburbs, playing in Australia.

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