Ronnie Moore

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Ronnie Moore
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Moore in 2012
Personal information
Full name Ronald David Moore
Date of birth (1953-01-29) January 29, 1953 (age 65)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1979 Tranmere Rovers 249 (72)
1977 Chicago Sting (loan) 22 (8)
1979–1980 Cardiff City 56 (6)
1980–1983 Rotherham United 125 (52)
1983–1985 Charlton Athletic 62 (13)
1985–1986 Rochdale 43 (9)
1986–1989 Tranmere Rovers 75 (6)
Total 632 (166)
Teams managed
1987–1996 Tranmere Rovers (assistant)
1997 Southport
1997–2005 Rotherham United
2005–2006 Oldham Athletic
2006–2009 Tranmere Rovers
2009–2011 Rotherham United
2012–2014 Tranmere Rovers
2014–2016 Hartlepool United
2016 Eastleigh
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ronald David Moore (born January 29, 1953) is an English former footballer. He has taken charge of several clubs including Rotherham United, Tranmere Rovers and Hartlepool United.

He played for many different clubs in a career spanning almost two decades, including Tranmere Rovers, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic and Rotherham United. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest Rotherham players of all time. Beginning his career in management at Southport in 1997, he went on to manage Rotherham, guiding them to two successive promotions from Division Three to Division One. He moved to Oldham Athletic in 2005, before becoming manager of former club Tranmere Rovers one year later. He returned to Rotherham for a second time in 2009, before returning to Tranmere Rovers for a second time in 2012. In February 2014 he was suspended by the club, pending the outcome of a Football Association investigation into alleged breaches of betting rules; he later admitted breaches of the rules, and was sacked by Tranmere in April 2014. In December 2014, Moore was announced as the new manager of Hartlepool United.

Managerial career

After several years at Rotherham, Moore joined Oldham Athletic in March 2005, helping the club to avoid relegation. In his second season, he led Oldham to a mid-table finish and won the League One Manager of the Month Award for December 2005, but later parted company with Oldham ostensibly due to poor season ticket sales.[1]

Moore was immediately offered a position as manager of former club Tranmere Rovers in June 2006, which he accepted.[2] He began his time in charge of Tranmere by bringing in nine players in the close season, including Chris Shuker and Paul McLaren. In his first year, he guided the team finish 9th in League One, although Tranmere had looked likely to achieve a play-off place for most of the year. In his second year in charge, Tranmere could only finish 11th, despite having been top of the table earlier in the season. Moore was affectionately known as "Ronnie Raw" by many Tranmere fans due to his extreme sense of humour.[3]

In September 2009, Rotherham United confirmed that Moore would begin a second stint as manager, assisted by former teammate Jimmy Mullen.[4] The following day, Ronnie was unveiled to the Millers faithful at the home game against Barnet, to a massive standing ovation. Rotherham went on to win the game 3–0. His return spell at Rotherham was mixed; Moore won the League Two Manager of the Month Award for November 2009, and took the club to Wembley for the League Two Play-Off Final, although the Millers lost 3-2. The 2010–11 season began similarly well, but after a string of indifferent results Moore left the club "by mutual consent" in the wake of a 5-0 defeat to Chesterfield in March, with Rotherham 6th in the table. His failure to secure Rotherham's place in the play-off spots for the second season in succession was largely cited as the reason for his second departure.[5]

On 5 March 2012, following the sacking of Les Parry, Moore made a second return to a former club, being appointed Tranmere Rovers manager until the end of the season.[6]

On February 14, 2014 it was reported that Moore was under investigation by The Football Association, for breaching its rules against betting on competitions in which his club were involved.[7] Three days later, the club announced that he had been suspended with immediate effect, until the conclusion of the FA investigation.[8] On March 31, the FA charged Moore in relation to alleged multiple breaches of rules regarding betting on matches.[9] Moore admitted the charge on April 8, and requested a personal hearing.[10] He was sacked on April 9, 2014; the club said that "Tranmere Rovers will not tolerate any action that damages the integrity of this football club."[11]

On December 16, 2014, Moore was appointed as Hartlepool United manager. Hartlepool were at one stage 10 points adrift bottom of the Football League and looked certain for relegation, but Moore inspired a revival in form, with the team having a four-match winning streak towards the latter stages of the season, which eventually ensured league survival in the penultimate game, ironically demoting the team Moore is most associated with (Tranmere Rovers) from the Football League. He ended the season wearing a Rasta hat along with the 2,500 other travelling fans for the final game at Carlisle.[12]

On February 10, 2016 Moore left Hartlepool by mutual consent.[13]

Personal life

His son is Ian Thomas-Moore.[citation needed]

Managerial statistics

As of November 29, 2016[14][15]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Southport[16] January 4, 1997 May 3, 1997 31 13 7 11 041.94
Rotherham United May 24, 1997 January 31, 2005 398 143 121 134 035.93
Oldham Athletic March 1, 2005 June 1, 2006 65 23 18 24 035.38
Tranmere Rovers June 9, 2006 June 5, 2009 158 65 38 55 041.14
Rotherham United September 26, 2009 March 21, 2011 87 36 21 30 041.38
Tranmere Rovers March 4, 2012 April 9, 2014 102 38 23 41 037.25
Hartlepool United December 16, 2014 February 10, 2016 59 19 11 29 032.20
Eastleigh August 19, 2016 November 30, 2016 21 10 7 4 047.62
Total 922 348 246 328 037.74


  1. ^ "Sheridan replaces Moore at Oldham". BBC Sport. 2006-06-01. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  2. ^ "Moore appointed Tranmere boss". BBC Sport. 2006-06-09. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  3. ^ "Moore 'shocked' by Tranmere axe". BBC Sport. June 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Moore returns as Rotherham boss". BBC Sport. September 24, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Club Statement – Rotherham and Moore part company". Rotherham United official website. 22 March 2011. Archived from the original on 25 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Press Association, Moore For Les At Tranmere, March 7, 2012
  7. ^ BBC News, "Ronnie Moore: Tranmere boss under FA betting investigation", February 14, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  8. ^ Dan Kay, "Tranmere suspend manager Ronnie Moore over alleged betting rule breach", Liverpool Echo, February 17, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2014
  9. ^ BBC News, "Ronnie Moore: Tranmere manager to face FA betting charge", March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014
  10. ^ BBC News, "Ronnie Moore: Tranmere Rovers manager admits FA betting charge", April 8, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014
  11. ^ The Guardian, "Tranmere sack Ronnie Moore for breaching contract", April 9, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014
  12. ^ "Ronnie Moore: Hartlepool United appoint ex-Rotherham manager". BBC Sport. 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  13. ^ "Ronnie Moore: Hartlepool United part company with manager". BBC Sport. 2016-02-10. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  14. ^ "Ronnie Moore". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ "Ronnie Moore". Southport F.C. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 

External links

  • Ronnie Moore at Hartlepool United
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