Ronnie Moore

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Ronnie Moore

Moore in 2012
Personal information
Full name Ronald David Moore
Date of birth (1953-01-29) 29 January 1953
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 "Ronnie" 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.

Playing career

Ronnie Moore was born in Liverpool, beginning his playing career with local side Tranmere Rovers initially as a centre-half, before making a successful switch to centre-forward. In the summer of 1977, Moore had a successful spell on loan with Chicago Sting, where he scored 5 goals in one match – equalling the division's all-time record – and scored a winner against New York Cosmos, where he played against the legendary Pelé.

After a season at Cardiff City, Moore moved to Rotherham United in 1980, where he went on to become one of the club's most prolific ever strikers. He remained at Rotherham for three seasons, before spells at Charlton Athletic and Rochdale. He eventually returning to Tranmere Rovers in 1986, where he remained until retiring in 1989.

Managerial career

After serving as assistant manager to John King, he replaced Steve Joel as the manager of Conference side Southport in 1996.

Rotherham United

A year later, he accepted an offer to become the manager at former club Rotherham United. Moore led struggling Rotherham to two successive promotions, taking them from being a Division Three side in 1999 to a Division One side in 2001. He also managed to keep Rotherham up in the Championship for 4 seasons before leaving to Oldham. This made him a club legend.

Oldham Athletic

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]

Tranmere Rovers

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.

After spending most of the 2008–09 season in a mid-table position, Tranmere had a late run of very positive results, needing a win against Scunthorpe United in their final match to reach the play-offs. They led 1–0 until conceding an equaliser two minutes from time. Scunthorpe subsequently went on to win the play-offs, thus earning promotion to the Championship, and Moore was sacked by Tranmere in June 2009. Moore was affectionately known as "Ronnie Raw" by many Tranmere fans due to his extreme sense of humour.[3]

Rotherham United (second spell)

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] Although Ronnie Moore was voted by Rotherham United fans as the best Manager and third best player in a survey the football league took after celebrating 125 years of association and was voted as the millers biggest hero by a football focus around the ground vote.

Tranmere Rovers (second spell)

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] Under Moore, Tranmere were able to avoid relegation, and he was offered a longer-term deal. Moore began the 2012–13 season very positively, with Tranmere losing only 2 of their first 24 games. He was subsequently awarded consecutive League One Manager of the Month Awards for August and September 2012. On 25 January 2013 he signed a new two-year contract.

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.[10] 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."[11]


On 16 December 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 10th February 2016 Moore left Hartlepool by mutual consent[13] after the team dropped to just one place above the Division Two relegation zone and a margin of four points from relegation. In a statement released via the club’s website the chairman Gary Coxall said: “This is an extremely difficult decision, but one we feel is right for the football club. “Ronnie has worked tirelessly to bring success to the club during his time at The Vic and we thank him sincerely for those efforts and wish him well for the future.”


Moore was announced Eastleigh manager in August 2016, and then led the side to wins in each of his first 3 games. On 30th November 2016, Eastleigh announced that Moore had left his role as manager for "personal circumstances".

Managerial statistics

As of 29 November 2016[14][15]
Team From To Record
Southport[16] 4 January 1997 3 May 1997 31 13 7 11 41.94
Rotherham United 24 May 1997 31 January 2005 398 143 121 134 35.93
Oldham Athletic 1 March 2005 1 June 2006 65 23 18 24 35.38
Tranmere Rovers 9 June 2006 5 June 2009 158 65 38 55 41.14
Rotherham United 26 September 2009 21 March 2011 87 36 21 30 41.38
Tranmere Rovers 4 March 2012 9 April 2014 102 38 23 41 37.25
Hartlepool United 16 December 2014 10 February 2016 59 19 11 29 32.20
Eastleigh 19 August 2016 30 November 2016 22 10 8 4 45.45
Total 922 347 247 328 37.64


  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. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  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. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  6. Press Association, Moore for Les at Tranmere, 7 March 2012
  7. BBC News, "Ronnie Moore: Tranmere boss under FA betting investigation", 14 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  8. Dan Kay, "Tranmere suspend manager Ronnie Moore over alleged betting rule breach", Liverpool Echo, 17 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014
  9. BBC News, "Ronnie Moore: Tranmere manager to face FA betting charge", 31 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014
  10. BBC News, "Ronnie Moore: Tranmere Rovers manager admits FA betting charge", 8 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014
  11. The Guardian, "Tranmere sack Ronnie Moore for breaching contract", 9 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 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 25 January 2015.
  16. "Ronnie Moore". Southport F.C. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
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