Neil began his career as a trainee with Everton but made his
league debut whilst on loan to Blackpool. After playing seven
games for the Seasiders, Neil made a total of five league appearances
for the Toffees of Goodison Park. He also spent loan periods with
Oldham (5 games), Carlisle (13 matches) and Rotherham (11 appearances).
In an attempt to bolster a faltering Norwich defence that had
conceded 5 goals at West Bromwich and 6 at Port Vale, Norwich
Manager Mike Walker turned to his former
club Everton and signed Matt Jackson
in December 1996 and Neil Moore in January 1997. Neil was originally
signed on loan but then snapped up on a short term contract. He
had made his first appearance in yellow and green for the Reserves
against West Ham in a 3-2 defeat. Neil made a total of 8 appearances
for the Reserves in 1997 and made his full team debut in the goalless
home draw with Manchester City on April 25th. He also played in
the 3-0 defeat at Oldham on May 4th. He was released at the end
of the season as Mike Walker believed that Neil had nothing to
offer that his current defence did not possess especially with
the purchase of Craig Fleming.
Neil had an unsuccessful trial with Cambridge United during the
summer of 1997 before joining Burnley in August 1997. A stalwart
in the Clarets' defence, Neil made 40 appearances during 1997/98
scoring three times. He was released by Burnley at the end of
the 1998/99 season.
The excellent Football
Transfers website reported that Neil had signed for Macclesfield
in December 1999. It was reported on Transfer Deadline Day that
Neil had joined Conference side Telford. In November 2001, fellow
Conference side Chester City made a £40,000 bid for Moore
and his Telford teammate Jake Edwards who is valued at £20,000.
In May 2002, Neil was called up for the England semi-professional
side for the 4 team Home Nations tournament. However his involvement
was jeopardised when he returned to league football on May 9th
2002, joining Mansfield Town (along with Dion Scott of Walsall).
Mansfield's injury crisis at the start of the 2002/03 season saw
Neil ever-present in the first 11 games. Despite conceding 34
goals, Mansfield appointed Neil as captain and I saw him lead
the Stags to a 6-1 victory over Tranmere on October 5th 2002.
However other results were poor and by December, Mansfield were
rooted to the bottom of Division Two. Mansfield brought in Keith
Curle as manager and he began to make his impact on the squad.
Within days, he had allowed Moore to go out on a long term loan
to Conference side Southport, indicating that he didn't see any
place for Moore in his first eleven. Telford had also shown an
interest in taking Moore on loan. Obviously unwanted at Field
Mill, Neil joined Nuneaton Borough on a two year contract on 9th
July 2003. Moore said: "I`ve no hesitations in dropping
down and hopefully it will only be a season at this level before
we are back in the Conference. The manager has assembled an excellent
squad and I`m delighted to be a part of that." Therefore
he rejected a similar offer from Conference new boys Shrewsbury
and from Northwich Victoria.
Nuneaton started the 2008/9 season badly, and despite playing
reasonably well, Moore was released by manager Kevin Wilkin in
October 2008, so that Wilkin could free up money to buy attackers.
This decision surprised a section of the Nuneaton faithful, however
it was accepted by some that Neil was getting no younger