Graham Moore (footballer)

Graham Moore
Personal information
Full name Graham Moore
Date of birth (1941-03-07)7 March 1941
Place of birth Hengoed, Wales
Date of death 9 February 2016(2016-02-09) (aged 74)
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1956–1957 Bargoed YMCA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1961 Cardiff City 85 (23)
1961–1963 Chelsea 68 (13)
1963–1964 Manchester United 18 (4)
1964–1967 Northampton Town 53 (10)
1967–1971 Charlton Athletic 110 (8)
1971–1974 Doncaster Rovers 69 (3)
Total 403 (61)
National team
1959–1970 Wales 21 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Graham Moore (7 March 1941 – 9 February 2016) was a Welsh former football player. During a 16-year playing career, he made over 400 appearances in The Football League, scoring 61 goals, and attained 21 caps for Wales.[1]

Early life

Moore was born in Hengoed and attended Gilfach Primary and Bargoed Secondary schools. After leaving school he began working alongside his father and brother at Penallta Colliery.[2]

Club career

In 1956 Moore joined Bargoed YMCA, where he spent one year playing for the club's under-16 side before he was spotted by Cardiff City, joining the club along with team mates Tommy Mills and Graham Franklin. After playing for a year in the reserve side, he made his debut for the club at 17, scoring a last-minute equaliser in a 2–2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion in September 1958.[3] The following year, he made 41 league appearances, helping Cardiff win promotion to Division One. With Cardiff struggling financially,[2] Moore signed for Chelsea for £35,000 in December 1961, and helped the Blues win promotion to the First Division. He made 72 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 14 goals. In 1963 he was sold to Manchester United for £35,000.

His time at United was hampered by injuries, and he left the club a year later after making 18 league appearances. Moore then joined Northampton Town, playing for the club in their only top-flight season, before playing with Charlton Athletic and Doncaster Rovers.

International career

Moore made his debut for Wales at the age of 18[4] on 17 October 1959 in a 1–1 draw with England, scoring Wales' goal.[5] He went on to win a total of 21 caps.

International goals

Results list Wales' goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1. 17 October 1959 Ninian Park, Cardiff, Wales  England 1–1 1960 British Home Championship

Awards and honours

Moore was named BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year in 1959.[6]


  1. "Graham Moore". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  2. 1 2 "Graham Moore wants Premier glory for Bluebirds". South Wales Echo. 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  3. Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.
  4. Soccer Who's Who compiled by Maurice Golesworthy The Sportsmans Book Club 1965
  5. Hayes, Dean P. (2004). Wales The Complete Who's Who of Footballers Since 1946. Sutton Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7509-3700-9.
  6. "BBC Wales Sport Personality winners". BBC Sport. BBC. 8 December 2008. Archived from the original on June 6, 2004. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
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