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8th May 2002 21:52

Departing Moore full of praise
By Sam Turner, http://www.shropshirestar.com, 8 May 2002
Neil Moore headed to Mansfield Town today to sign for the Stags and immediately paid homage to the man who saved him from the "footballing scrap heap".
The Telford United captain was expected to put the finishing touches to a contract which will tie him to Field Mill for the next two seasons after Town fought off a late challenge from Doncaster Rovers to secure the ex-Everton defender's services.
But while former manager Jake King was left to lament the loss of another of his most influential players, Moore was quick to praise the Scot for salvaging a career which had looked in danger of a distinctly low key conclusion as he plied his trade on a week-to-week deal at Macclesfield.
The Liverpudlian has since gone on to captain the Bucks to their best finish in a decade while his impressive run of form stretching back two seasons has earned him an England semi professional call-up.
"For me, it has never been a question of money because this move offered me a chance to get back in the League," declared the 29-year-old who will feature for his country in a Home Nations tournament next week.
"It was an opportunity I had to take as I would have kicked myself two years down the line if I'd knocked it back - I still firmly believe I can hold my own in the Second Division.
"But if it wasn't for Jake (King) then none of this would have happened. He has played a massive part in relaunching my career and there's no doubt he took a gamble when he took me from Macclesfield.
"I've nothing but appreciation for the way he saved my career, if it wasn't for him I could have been playing Sunday League football with my mates now - essentially on the footballing scrap heap."
Moore continued: "Of course I'm going to be sad leaving Telford. It's no secret that I've loved my time at the club and I thought we were really going places last year.
"But we haven't hit the heights because of the restrictions that have been made and I'm just hoping the team can match the stadium next season.
"The squad has split up at the wrong time because there looks to be a chance of two going up from next season.
"Jake will have to work one or two minor miracles next season, but if anyone can do it he can.
"I will still be looking for their results."

Neil Moore
Height 6.00
Weight 12.00
Date of birth 21-09-1972
Place of birth Liverpool
Position Defender
Nationality England
All time playing career
Club From To Fee League FA Cup League cup Other
Telford 23-03-2000 Signed 81 (0) 5 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 4 (0) 0
Macclesfield 10-12-1999 23-03-2000 Signed 12 (3) 2 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
Burnley 01-08-1997 14-05-1999 Free 48 (4) 3 2 (0) 1 3 (1) 0 4 (0) 0
Norwich 08-01-1997 31-05-1997 Free 2 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Rotherham 28-03-1996 31-05-1996 Loan 10 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Carlisle 25-08-1995 25-03-1996 Loan 13 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 2 (0) 0
Oldham 16-02-1995 31-05-1995 Loan 5 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Blackpool 09-09-1994 09-01-1995 Loan 7 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
Everton 04-06-1991 08-01-1997 Trainee 4 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (0) 0
Totals £ 0 182 (9) 10 3 (0) 1 3 (2) 0 12 (0) 0
goals / game 0.05 0.33 0 0
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals

Neil Moore
Profile from http://www.telfordunited-fc.co.uk
Personal Information
First Name(s) Neil
Surname Moore
Nickname Mooro
D.O.B 21.9.72
Height 6"1'
Weight 13stone 3 lbs
Occupation Full time footballer
Town Where Born Liverpool
Town Living in Now Liverpool
Marital Status Single
Partners Name Yvonne
Children 0
Current Car Ford Focus
Favourite Car Jaguar XK8

Footballing Life
How Long in Football 12 years
Date Joined Telford March 2000
Previous Club(s) Everton, Norwich, Burnley, Macclesfield (full Time) Blackpool, Carlisle, Oldham, Rotherham (loan)
Playing Position Central Defence
Biggest Disappointment & Why Having two bad injuries in my final year at Burnley
Favourite Football Team Everton
Most Admired Player Dave Watson

Outside Football
Best Television Program Only fools and horses
Worst Television Program Jerry Springer
Best Film Carlitos way
Worst Film Cable Guy
Best Actor Robert De Niro
Best Actress Meg Ryan
Worst Actress Cameron Diaz
Best Type of Music Chart Music
Worst Type of Music Rave/ Dance
Best Male Pop Star Van Morrison
Worst Male Pop Star Eminem
Best Female Pop Star Whitney Houston
Worst Female Pop Star Posh spice
Best Music Group Travis
Worst Music Group Steps
Best Food Italian
Worst Food Indian
Best Drink Jack Daniels and Coke
Worst Drink Baileys and Ice
Best Holiday Destination Cancun, Mexico
Worst Holiday Destination Gutterslogh army Barracks Germany
Best Sports Star Eric Cantona
Worst Sports Star Naseem Hamed
Other Sports Golf
Things That Make Me Smile Winning
Things That Make Me Cringe Chris Malkin & Gary Martindale Snoring
Most Prized Possession & Why My framed Everton shirt for my debut- no one can take the fact that I played for Everton away from me


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