The deal had looked off after Brendan Hell-Wood said that he wouldn’t accept much under £2 million for the player and he looked all set for a move to
It was this deal and the amateurish work by Stockport that won them the award of Unprofessionals but it left
We’d started the season with Andy Cooke and the newly signed Phil ‘Tippy’ Gray up front but both had gone and Payts was back with Graham Branch alongside him and loan player Paul
The partnership was not to succeed though as Payton fell out of favour and they only started six games together of which four were lost. The first of those defeats, at Preston, saw
He found himself a new partner in the last third of that season with Welsh international Gareth Taylor arriving from Manchester City but he struggled in front of goal and netted only six times in twenty-seven league games.
The fans had taken to him though with his pace and work rate and goals were promised. The Clarets soured to the top of the league and had two fantastic spells that season, Moore probably turned in some of his best performances when he played as a lone striker with such as Glen Little and Alan Moore supporting him.
Away performances are easily recalled at such as Bradford,
He played in every single league game that season and scored ten goals as we fell short of the play offs by just a solitary goal.
The cash crisis hit the Clarets and the top of the league days were over but there was competition up front now for him and Taylor in the fit again
At times that season he found himself playing out wide on the right, a position he clearly didn’t enjoy, but when Stan Ternent decided to employ a 4-5-1 system it was Taylor who got the nod for the striker role.
He played more often than Blake though and missed only two games but again he disappointed with the goals and netted just eight in the league and ended the season facing suspension having been sent off against
It had been a different story in the FA Cup, in the 2001/02 season he hit is only hat-trick in a 4-1 win against Canvey Island and got a couple against Grimsby in the following season before adding one against Premiership Fulham.
Again FA Cup goals came his way, this time a couple against
He played for long periods this season in wide positions as new boss Steve Cotterill went with a 4-5-1 system but has shouldered much of the front line responsibility since Blake went to
He’s failed to get the goals though and hasn’t scored a league goal on the Turf since the opener against Stoke in September. We’ve struggled to get goals all season and the pace he once had seems to have deserted him.
His dad hinted recently when the Clarets took on
This week it has been revealed that there wasn’t to be another deal for him and all of a sudden he had clubs aplenty to choose from. Sheffield United were the first to declare an interest as Neil Warnock looked to continue his hobby of collecting strikers, and then came Sunderland and Leeds along with one of his former clubs Nottingham Forest.
Apparently the Sunderland offer was the best one for
Instead he opted for
Mooro is set to make his debut for his new club in a reserve match next week when they take on
Kevin Blackwell claims he has got himself a 15 goals a season striker but
Always popular with the Turf Moor crowd and the ‘Ian Moore Moore Moore’ chant but as he struggled to find any sort of form this season it was probably the right time for him and club to move on.
We would like to wish Ian all the best at