Ronnie Moore

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Ronnie Moore
Ronnie moore 2012.jpg
Moore in 2012
Personal information
Full name Ronald David Moore
Date of birth (1953-01-29) 29 January 1953 (age 66)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1979 Tranmere Rovers 249 (72)
1977Chicago 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 29 January 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[edit]

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 14 February 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 31 March, the FA charged Moore in relation to alleged multiple breaches of rules regarding betting on matches.[9] Moore admitted the charge on 8 April, and requested a personal hearing. He was sacked on 9 April 2014; the club said that "Tranmere Rovers will not tolerate any action that damages the integrity of this football club."[10]

On 16 December 2014, Moore was appointed as Hartlepool United manager. Hartlepool were at one stage ten points adrift at the 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 relegating Moore's former club 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.[11]

On 10 February 2016, Moore left Hartlepool by mutual consent.[12]

Personal life[edit]

His son is Ian Thomas-Moore.[13]

Managerial statistics[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Sheridan replaces Moore at Oldham". BBC Sport. 1 June 2006. Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  2. ^ "Moore appointed Tranmere boss". BBC Sport. 9 June 2006. Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Moore 'shocked' by Tranmere axe". BBC Sport. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Moore returns as Rotherham boss". BBC Sport. 24 September 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. ^ "Tranmere Rovers reappoint Ronnie Moore as manager". BBC Sport. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Ronnie Moore: Tranmere boss under FA betting investigation". BBC Sport. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  8. ^ Kay, Dan. "Tranmere suspend manager Ronnie Moore over alleged betting rule breach". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 17 February 2014
  9. ^ "Ronnie Moore: Tranmere manager to face FA betting charge". BBC Sport. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Tranmere sack Ronnie Moore for breaching contrac". The Guardian. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Ronnie Moore: Hartlepool United appoint ex-Rotherham manager". BBC Sport. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Ronnie Moore: Hartlepool United part company with manager". BBC Sport. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Tranmere manager Moore signs son". BBC Sport. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Ronnie Moore". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Fixtures and results". Eastleigh F.C. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Ronnie Moore". Southport F.C. Retrieved 29 August 2016.

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