5th October 1954 – 17th January 1998
Stoke City Appearances – 57 between 1970 to 1976
Ian Moores was born in Chesterton, Staffordshire and learned to play his football for the Staffordshire County Boys’ Team. Ian then joined Stoke City’s youth team and as a schoolboy at the age of fifteen continued his development at the Victoria Ground. Ian started as a left winger but became a centre-forward after a switch in Stoke’s “A” team with a hat trick to his name in the second half of a match. He graduated to the senior team in April 1974, having appeared for the England U23 team twice.He made his debut for Stoke away at Leicester City. towards the end of the 1973 / 74 season and in 1974 / 75 he became a member of Tony Waddingtons first team scoring four goals in 18 matches. He was joint top scorer with Jimmy Greenhoff in 1975 / 76 with 13 but with Stoke needing money he was sold to Tottenham Hotspur in August 1976.
He moved to Spurs in August 1976 for a £75,000 fee. Ian started off well, scoring on his debut during a League Cup tie at Middlesbrough on 31 August 1976 which Spurs won 2–1. On 4 September 1976 Ian made his Tottenham league debut at Old Trafford. Spurs trailed 2–0 at half-time, but second half strikes from Ian, Ralph Coates and John Pratt gave them a 3–2 win. However, he only scored twice more during the rest of that season, against Wrexham in the League Cup in September 1976 and against Sunderland in a 2–1 home defeat in November 1976. Spurs were relegated at the end of the season to Division 2.
During the following season Ian didn’t play until the 11th game of the season. He scored a hat-trick against Bristol Rovers on 22 October 1977, during which Colin Lee scored four in a record 9–0 win for Spurs at White Hart Lane. He played 12 more times that season and scored once more, against Crystal Palace three weeks later. In July 1978 the arrival of Ossie Ardilles and Ricardo Villa spelt the end for Ian at White Hart Lane. He provided a cross for Villa to score against Nottingham Forrest but played only once again, in a 4–1 home defeat against Aston Villa, which was to be his final ever appearance for Spurs. In September 1978 he left the club to join Leyton Orient for a fee of £55,000 where he scored 26 goals in 117 league appearances. Ian scored twice on his debut for Orient, as he had done for Spurs, away against Charlton on 6 October 1978.
Ian was a first team regular over the next four years, but when Orient were relegated to Division 3 in 1982 he signed for Bolton. He scored five goals in 29 appearances that season. Bolton were relegated, like Spurs and Orient had been before and in July 1983 he moved to APOEL in Cyprus, where he remained for five years and where he is still regarded as a legend. He played alongside Terry McDermott and won one Cypriot Championship, one Cup, two Super Cups and played in all three European competitions. Returning to England in 1988, he had an unsuccessful trial with Port Vale before heading into the non-leagues. He helped Tamworth win the 1989 FA Vase, when he scored in the replay of the final, but that was to be his swan song. He retired as a player a year later, in 1990.
STOKE APPEARANCES 57 ( 16 goals )
After this,he worked in personal finance in his native Potteries, and when he fell ill in September 1997 with lung cancer, he was coaching the youth team of a local non-league side. Ian sadly died in January 1998 at the age of 43.