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Neil Moore

Neil Moore
Norwich Career: 1996-1997 (2 appearances)
Current Club:
Date of Birth: 21/09/1972
Nationality: English


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

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