Open main menu

Byron Curtis Moore (born 24 August 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays for League Two club Plymouth Argyle. He can play a winger or as a forward.

Byron Moore
Moore, Byron.jpg
Moore pictured in November 2010.
Personal information
Full name Byron Curtis Moore[1]
Date of birth (1988-08-24) 24 August 1988 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Plymouth Argyle
Number 17
Youth career
2004–2007 Crewe Alexandra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2014 Crewe Alexandra 262 (31)
2007Kidsgrove Athletic (loan) 15 (7)
2014–2016 Port Vale 51 (4)
2016–2018 Bristol Rovers 47 (2)
2018–2019 Bury 36 (5)
2019– Plymouth Argyle 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00 6 May 2019

A graduate of the Crewe Alexandra Academy, he made his senior debut for Crewe Alexandra in August 2007. He went on to spend the next seven years with the club, twice playing at Wembley Stadium as he helped the "Railwaymen" to win promotion out of League Two via the play-offs in 2012 and then to go on and lift the League Trophy in 2013. He signed with nearby league rivals Port Vale in July 2014, and switched to Bristol Rovers in June 2016. He joined Bury in June 2018 and helped the club to win promotion out of League Two at the end of the 2018–19 season. He joined Plymouth Argyle in July 2019.

Contents

Playing careerEdit

Crewe AlexandraEdit

Moore began his career at Cheshire club Crewe Alexandra, graduating through the club's Academy to turn professional at Gresty Road after initially being spotted as a 15-year-old playing for Sandon High School and representing Stoke-on-Trent Schoolboys.[2] Before turning professional he spent part of the 2006–07 season on loan at nearby Kidsgrove Athletic, scoring seven goals in 15 Northern Premier League appearances for the "Grove".[3] He made his debut for the "Railwaymen" on 11 August 2007, following a last minute injury to first team regular Ryan Lowe, and helped the Crewe to a 2–1 home victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.[4] He signed a three-year contract with the club in September 2007.[5] He scored the first goal of his career in a 3–2 defeat to Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park on 29 September; his goal put Crewe 2–0 ahead before Oldham launched a successful comeback.[6] He was named on the League One 'Team of the Week' for his performance in a 2–0 victory over Yeovil Town, a game in which he scored the second goal of his senior career.[7][8] Manager Steve Holland showed faith in Moore, who ended the 2007–08 season with three goals in 36 appearances.

He scored four goals in 41 games in the 2008–09 season, as the club suffered relegation into League Two under new manager Guðjón Þórðarson, ending four points short of safety. He scored three goals in 35 matches in the 2009–10 campaign, and signed a new contract with the "Alex" in December 2009.[9] However the season ended in a disappointing 18th-place finish, the club finishing 11 points above the English Football League's relegation zone. In the 2010–11 season Moore was switched to the wings and formed an effective front-three partnership with Clayton Donaldson and Shaun Miller.[10][11] He finally signed a new one-year contract with Crewe in July 2011, having held out for a number of months in the hope of attracting interest from bigger clubs.[12][13][14] Manager Dario Gradi stated that "I am not surprised that there has been no real interest in them [Moore and Donaldson]".[15]

Moore scored ten goals in 49 appearances in the 2011–12 campaign as he continued to progress under the stewardship of new manager Steve Davis. Two of these goals came against in 1–1 draws with local rivals Port Vale, as his strikes won what would prove to be a crucial two points in the club's play-off push.[16][17] He sealed promotion for Crewe when he scored the second goal in their 2–0 victory over Cheltenham Town to win the League Two play-off final.[18] He signed a new two-year contract with the club in July 2012.[19] Mpore scored four goals in 50 appearances in the 2012–13 season as Crewe ended the season in 13th place, ten points outside of the play-off zone. On 7 April, he provided assists to both Luke Murphy and then Max Clayton as Crewe beat Southend United 2–0 at Wembley to win the League Trophy.[20] He scored four goals in 43 appearances in the 2013–14 campaign, his form being described as "hot and cold" as Crewe finished just two places and four points above the relegation zone.[2] In June 2014 Moore confirmed that he would not be signing a new 12-month extension to his contract and would instead seek out a new club.[21][22]

Port ValeEdit

Moore signed a two-year contract with League One side Port Vale in July 2014.[23] His arrival at Vale Park increased the local rivalry between Vale and Crewe, especially as the two managers had recently exchanged a war of words via local newspaper The Sentinel following the decision of Steve Davis to criticize Micky Adams for a contract offer he described as "derisory" that Vale offered to his son Joe Davis.[24] He was missing throughout the 2014–15 pre-season as he was on compassionate leave following the death of his brother.[25] He made ten appearances before failing to get a game for three months following 8 November, but then forced himself back into first team contention after an impressive substitute appearance at Bristol City on 10 February.[26] Eleven days later he scored his first goal for the "Valiants" in a 3–0 win over Doncaster Rovers.[27] He remained in the startling line-up until he picked up a groin strain in March.[28]

On 11 August 2015, he scored the winning goal in a 1–0 victory over Championship club Burnley in the First round of the League Cup.[29] He went on to score five goals in 41 appearances throughout the 2015–16 campaign, before leaving on a free transfer after rejecting the club's offer of a new contract.

Bristol RoversEdit

In June 2016, Moore joined League One club Bristol Rovers on a two-year contract.[30] He made his debut for the "Pirates" on 13 September, in a 1–1 draw with Walsall at the Memorial Stadium.[31] On 28 February 2017, Moore scored his first goal with a late equaliser to earn a 1–1 draw away to Bolton Wanderers.[32] He scored his second goal for the club after just 11 seconds in a 1–0 away win at AFC Wimbledon – the fastest ever goal in Bristol Rovers' league history.[33] However he struggled for first-team appearances, and went from 8 November 2017 to 10 February 2018 without making it onto the pitch.[34] He was released by manager Darrell Clarke at the end of the 2017–18 season.[35]

BuryEdit

On 4 June 2018, Moore signed for newly-relegated League Two side Bury.[36] Manager Ryan Lowe, a former teammate at Crewe Alexandra, described his signing as a "big coup".[37] He scored eight goals in 23 starts and 21 substitute appearances as the "Shakers" secured automatic promotion at the end of the 2018–19 season, before quitting his contract 12 months early over non-payment of his wages.[38]

Plymouth ArgyleEdit

On 23 July 2019, he signed with League Two side Plymouth Argyle, becoming the fifth Bury player to follow manager Ryan Lowe from Gigg Lane to Home Park that summer.[39] He made his "Pilgrims" debut in a 3–0 victory over Crewe Alexandra on the opening day of the 2019–20 season.[40] He scored his first goal for Plymouth when he scored in an EFL Trophy tie against Bristol Rovers on 3 September 2019.[41]

Style of playEdit

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis criticised Moore for his lack of goalscoring ability during the course of his time at the club, though stated that this was the player's only weakness as a winger.[2][42] In January 2013 he said that "he works very hard in training but there's just something missing with him".[43] In June 2014 he stated that Moore had the potential to become a "key player" but was still young enough to improve further.[2] He can play a winger or as a forward.[44]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 6 May 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crewe Alexandra 2007–08[45] League One 33 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 36 2
2008–09[46] League One 36 3 1 0 3 1 1[a] 0 41 4
2009–10[47] League Two 32 3 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 35 3
2010–11[48] League Two 38 6 1 0 2 0 2[a] 0 43 6
2011–12[49] League Two 42 8 1 1 1 0 5[b] 1 49 10
2012–13[50] League One 41 4 2 0 2 0 5[a] 0 50 4
2013–14[51] League One 40 4 2 0 0 0 1[a] 0 43 4
Crewe Alexandra totals 262 30 10 1 10 1 15 1 297 33
Port Vale 2014–15[52] League One 15 1 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 18 1
2015–16[53] League One 36 3 2 1 2 1 1[a] 0 41 5
Port Vale totals 51 4 3 1 3 1 2 0 59 6
Bristol Rovers 2016–17[54] League One 27 2 2 0 0 0 1[a] 0 30 2
2017–18[55] League One 20 0 0 0 3 0 3[a] 0 26 0
Bristol Rovers totals 47 2 2 0 3 0 4 0 56 2
Bury 2018–19[56] League Two 36 5 2 2 1 0 5[a] 1 44 8
Plymouth Argyle 2019–20[57] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals 396 41 17 4 17 2 26 2 456 49
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Appearances in EFL Trophy.
  2. ^ Two appearances in EFL Trophy; three in EFL League Two play-offs.

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b c d "There should be more to come from Byron Moore". The Sentinel. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  3. ^ "GOALSCORERS 2006/07". kidsgroveathletic.co.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Crewe 2-1 Brighton". BBC Sport. 11 August 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Teenager Moore earns Crewe deal". BBC Sport. 19 September 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Oldham 3-2 Crewe". BBC Sport. 29 September 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Crewe 2-0 Yeovil". BBC Sport. 3 November 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Team of the Week" (PDF). football-league.co.uk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Crewe pair Matt Tootle and Byron Moore sign new deals". BBC Sport. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Crewe boss Dario Gradi praises Byron Moore in wing role". BBC Sport. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Crewe's Clayton Donaldson hungry for goals". BBC Sport. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Crewe Alexandra striker Byron Moore stalls on deal". BBC Sport. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Crewe Alexandra striker Byron Moore future unclear". BBC Sport. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Byron Moore finally signs new Crewe Alexandra contract". BBC Sport. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  15. ^ "No enquiries for unsettled strikers - Crewe Alex boss". BBC Sport. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  16. ^ "Crewe 1 – 1 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  17. ^ "Port Vale 1 – 1 Crewe". BBC Sport. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  18. ^ a b Begley, Emlyn (27 May 2012). "Cheltenham 0–2 Crewe". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 29 March 2014.
  19. ^ "Byron Moore signs two-year Crewe Alexandra contract". BBC Sport. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  20. ^ a b Osborne, Chris (7 April 2013). "Crewe 2–0 Southend". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 17 January 2016.
  21. ^ Morse, Peter (11 June 2014). "Long-serving Moore seeks pastures new". Crewe Chronicle. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  22. ^ "Crewe Alexandra: Byron Moore decides to depart Gresty Road". BBC Sport. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  23. ^ "Byron Moore: Port Vale bring in winger from rivals Crewe". BBC Sport. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  24. ^ "Micky Adams tells Crewe boss Steve Davis to keep nose out of Valiants' business". The Sentinel. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  25. ^ "Rob Page impressed with Valiant battlers". The Sentinel. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  26. ^ Baggaley, Mike (13 February 2015). "Rob Page hoping to get best of quality performer Byron Moore". The Sentinel. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  27. ^ "Port Vale 3- 0 Doncaster Rovers". BBC Sport. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  28. ^ Baggaley, Mike (23 April 2015). "Port Vale: Rob Page looking forward to working with Byron Moore next season". The Sentinel. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  29. ^ "Port Vale 1 - 0 Burnley". BBC Sport. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  30. ^ "Byron Moore: Bristol Rovers sign Port Vale winger on two-year contract". BBC Sport. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  31. ^ "Bristol Rovers 1 Walsall 1 Recap: Taylor penalty clinches point after Oztumer opener". www.bristolpost.co.uk. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.[permanent dead link]
  32. ^ "Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Bristol Rovers - BBC Sport". BBC Sport. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  33. ^ "WATCH: Goal after 11 seconds!". Sky Sports. 8 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  34. ^ Vittles, Jack (14 February 2018). "Clarke talks up Moore after sublime 20-minute cameo against Rochdale". Bristol Post. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  35. ^ "Bristol Rovers: Ryan Broom, Jonny Burn and Byron Moore released". BBC Sport. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  36. ^ "Byron Moore: Bury sign ex-Bristol Rovers midfielder". BBC Sport. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  37. ^ "Shakers Sign Moore!". www.buryfc.co.uk. 4 June 2018.
  38. ^ Errington, Chris (23 July 2019). "Byron Moore becomes fifth player to sign for Argyle from Bury". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  39. ^ "Byron Moore: Striker becomes fifth player to join Plymouth from Bury". BBC Sport. 23 July 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  40. ^ "Player Ratings: Crewe 0 Plymouth Argyle 3". Argyle Life. 3 August 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  41. ^ "Plymouth Argyle beat Bristol Rovers in penalty shoot-out after 1-1 EFL Trophy draw". plymouthherald.co.uk. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  42. ^ "Crewe: Steve Davis wants Bryon Moore to reach double figures". BBC Sport. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  43. ^ "Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis wants more from Byron Moore". BBC Sport. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  44. ^ "Crewe Alexandra's Byron Moore yet to sign new contract". BBC Sport. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  45. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  46. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  47. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  48. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  49. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  50. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  51. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  52. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  53. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  54. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  55. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  56. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  57. ^ "Games played by Byron Moore in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  58. ^ "League Two: 2018/19: Current table". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
    "Bury: Squad details: 2018/19". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 May 2019.

External linksEdit