ian moores

This article originally appeared in MEHSTG Vol. 2. Issue 30 (December 2002)

Ian Moores was signed by Keith Burkinshaw in 1976.  Keith usually had the Midas touch when it came to signing players and getting Spurs winning things, but this was his early days in the manager's post at Tottenham and he was finding his way after being promoted from coach.

Spurs were struggling on the park and were in the relegation zone.  Scoring goals was proving difficult for the side and neither Gerry Armstrong, Chris Jones or Peter Taylor were prolific.  John Duncan, the best goal poacher of the team was injured for most of the season and nobody else could match his strike rate of four goals from nine games.

So, Ian Moores, a gangly blond striker was signed from Stoke City in 1976 to bolster the attack.  He was born at Newcastle-under-Lyme and played for the Staffordshire County Boys' Team before joining Stoke City as a schoolboy at the age of fifteen.  Moores started as a left winger for them but became a centre-forward after a switch in Stoke's A team.  Success was to follow with a debut in their first team in April 1974 and two England under-23 appearances in the next two years.

Ian, therefore, came to Tottenham with a lot of promise.  Over six feet tall, blond and bearded, he looked an imposing sight as a central striker.  All started well enough for Ian, with a goal on his debut at Middlesbrough away in the League Cup and a goal on his league debut against Manchester United.  Both these games had been victories for Spurs.

It all went wrong for Ian as he could not continue his good start.  He looked awkward and slow in some moves and even in a team prompted by the young Glenn Hoddle, he could not turn chances into goals and he failed to add to his account for the rest of the 1976-77 season, finishing with just those two goals from 18 appearances.  His failure became Tottenham's failure too as we were relegated finishing bottom(22nd)of the top division.

For 1977-78,the next season, Spurs were playing exciting football in the Second Division.  John Duncan was Spurs' main marksman with 16 goals from 27 starts and Glenn was really blossoming.  Ian found himself mostly a reserve waiting in the wings.  His on big success was when he had to come in due to injuries for the home game with Bristol Rovers which was the game that marked the debut of Colin Lee.  Spurs ran riot and lee bagged four goals.  Moores got in with a hat trick and the relief on his face was there for all to see.  However, Ian's form was short lived as he managed only one other goal that season in a total of 13 appearances.  With the arrival of Ardiles and Villa at the start of season 1978-79,Ian only made 2 appearances before leaving the club.

Ian Moores had been a disappointment at Spurs and seemed, in hindsight, to have been one of the panic buys common in those days.  He never seemed to go in hard enough as a striker and he never followed in the footsteps of Martin Chivers who he admired.

Sadly, Ian has passed away recently following an illness.

Richard Porter

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