Striker Norman Woodliffe Moore joined the Tigers at the end of the 1946/47 season that dragged on until early June after a severe winter. He was one of a number of players to debut at that time, mny of which were destined for not many more starts for City, but Moore was an exception. He stayed with City for three seasons, was converted from Grimsby Town half back to Hull City centre forward and became a central figure in attack as Hull City were transformed under the tutelage of Raich Carter from plucky also-rans to promotion candidate and Division Two powerhouse.
In 1947/48 Moore started 24 of the 46 league games, often playing at centre forward but also filling in at inside forward and centre half. He managed 13 goals in the season, including a hattrick at home to Hartlepool in October 1947 and an impressive double against Chester in April 1948, which was Raich Carter’s first home match as City manager. Moore clearly impressed the new boss because he started 1948/49 season in the centre forward shirt and 8 goals in the first seven games. As the Tigers swept to the top of the table Moore continued to contribute goals, though his place in the first team was intermittent between December and March as he was alternated with experienced striker Billy Price. During this time Moore was selected to play in an FA Cup tie against his former side Grimsby, he scored twice as the Lincolcnshire were dispatched 3-2 on their home turf. Moore finsihed the season as he started it, scoring 11 goals in thirteen appearances including a hattrick against Stockport County in late April. Elevated to the Second Division, Norman again started the seson at the forefront of Raich’s plans and scored 8 goals in the opening 15 games. In November 1949 he was selected to play in an FA Xi against Oxford University – he scored, naturally. But by then the signing of striker Bob Gibson from Aberdeen saw Moore again used intermittently and in March 1950 he was sold to Blackburn Rovers for a £3,500 fee.
Grimsby born Moore came from a footballing family, his brother Tom and his nephews Andy, David and Kevin all served Grimsby Town. As did Norman, who began his Blundell Park career in 1936 when he signed professional terms at 17. In the three seasons before World War Two and the one season after it, Moore mustered only seven league starts and one goal for Grimsby, plus wartime appearances for several teams including Wrexham, Chester, Charlton and Norwich. He also played in the Army Representative XI during the hostilities. All in all, he came to Hull City in May 1947 with something to prove.
Point proven, Moore joined Blackburn Rovers in March 1950 but by August 1951 he was on the move again to Bury. One season at Gigg Lane yielded only two league starts and in 1952 he dropped into the non-league scene with Goole Town and Wisbech Town. After his playing career ended Moore worked in a paper merchants in Grimsby, rising to the Board of Directors. He also had farming interests at North Kelsey, between Caistor and Scunthorpe. He retired in Grimsby and died there in March 2007.
Date/Place of Birth: 15 October 1919, Grimsby
Hull City First Game: 24 May 1947, Oldham Athletic H (Division Three North), 27 years, 221 days old
Hull City Final Game: 25 February 1950, Queens Park Rangers H (Division Two), 30 years, 133 days old
Grimsby Town (1936-1947), Hull City (1947-1950), Blackburn Rovers (1950-1951), Bury (1951-1952), Goole Town (1952-1953), Wisbech Town (1953-1954)
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Career: 92 apps, 53 goalsNorman Moore