A Foot In Both Camps: Norman Moore

16 August 2018
Ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash at the KCOM Stadium, we profile a player who has been both a Tiger and a Rover during his career.

Although Norman Moore spent most of his early years at Grimsby Town, it was with the Tigers that he made his name, achieving folk hero status in the city of Hull during the latter part of the 1940s.

After ten years on the books at the Mariners, his usefulness was considered to have come to an end, which resulted in a free transfer move to Boothferry Park in April 1947.

Having spent the majority of his Grimsby career playing in the half-back role, a change of club also brought about a change of position with then Tigers’ boss Major Frank Buckley opting to play Moore as a centre-forward. Moore took to scoring goals in black and amber with such frequency and devastation that some on the south bank of the Humber queried whether the correct player had been dispatched.

In 1947/48, he was the Tigers’ top goalscorer with 13 goals in 25 games, a feat he repeated the following season with an impressive tally of 28 in just 37 appearances to Raich Carter’s City side claim the Division Three (North) title.

In November 1949, his form earned him a place in the FA representative side to face Oxford University – these games were seen as being just below full representative honours. It was faith repaid when he scored in the match to give the FA XI a 2-1 win.

His goal antics continued apace, scoring 11 times in 27 games, but after an injury enforced absence, he struggled to regain his place in the side which resulted in a £3,500 switch to Blackburn Rovers. He departed Boothferry Park having scored an impressive 53 goals in just 92 games in all competitions as a Hull City player.

However, his time at Blackburn, proved to be far less successful and productive in front of goal. In fact, he made just seven league appearances as a Rovers player, scoring once, before moving on to pastures new when joining Bury in August 1951. Unfortunately the remainder of his career proved to be no better than modest by comparison to his golden era in black and amber. It did not diminish, however, the high esteem in which he was held by those Tigers fans who witnessed his impressive goalscoring feats.


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