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.