Cult Hero: Kevin Moore
Pleased to publish the most recent instalment in the series. This article covers a player who was loved on the terraces at Somerton Park, and that player is Kevin Moore.
The player was born in Blackpool, England in 1956, and began his professional career at his hometown club in 1974. The player played for 3 years there playing 39 games and scoring 3 goals. Moore then had a short spell on loan at Bury, before moving to Swansea City in 1977 playing for years, making 55 appearances and scoring 6 goals. In 1979, Newport County came calling and the rest, as they say, is history.
Newport County in 1979 was under the management of Len Ashurst and was starting to show progression in their results. Bringing in Kevin Moore as well as others, quickly turned Newport County into a team that were not easy to beat, indeed they had some great successes over the coming seasons with gaining promotion from the fourth tier of professional football, winning The Welsh Cup, some good FA Cup victories, including beating West Ham United as well as their fantastic European Cup Winners Cup run in the 1980–81 season where Newport County got to the quarter-finals before losing to eventual finalists, Carl Zeiss Jena FC from East Germany, with Moore at the forefront of all those games.
Kevin Moore was a fantastic right winger, who supplied many crosses and assists for the strikers Newport County had at that time, Tommy Tynan, John Aldridge and Dave Gwyther. He made the game at times look easy, with his close control and ability to make a yard for himself to get a cross into the opposing team’s penalty box. Newport County fans loved him, beating opposing full-backs in his gold and black kit week in, week out with the number 11 emblazoned on the back of his shirt, and he was a key component in their successes during this period.
The player eventually left Newport County in 1983, after making 148 appearances and scoring 13 goals in all competitions, he briefly went to Swindon Town before finishing his career at one of his previous clubs, Swansea City before retiring after making 247 appearances in all competitions and scoring 22 goals. An old fashioned winger, who fans loved to watch, Kevin Moore, one fine player, a cult hero of Newport County.