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Ian Moores remembered...

Posted on 27 September 2017  - 09:00

APOEL paid tribute to the late Ian Moores, a striker who played for Spurs in the 1970s,  at Tuesday night's Champions League match in Cyprus.

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Ian spent two years at Spurs between 1976-78 before a five-year stint at APOEL between 1983-88, where he helped the Nicosia-based team win the Cyprus Cup in 1984 and title in 1986.

Sadly, he passed away aged just 43 in January, 1998 after being diagnosed with cancer in September, 1997.

Tuesday night's fixture was played in memory of Ian. APOEL supporters displayed a huge banner behind one of the goals - almost the full width of the pitch, pictured above - stating 'A legend who played for the legend'.

APOEL also made a presentation to Ian's sons, Mike and Richard, on the pitch 30 minutes before kick-off.

Below: Ian in action for Spurs

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Born in Newcastle-Under-Lyme in 1954, Ian made his name at Stoke City, where he scored 15 goals in 57 matches and was capped twice at Under-23 level for England.

He arrived at Spurs in August, 1976 and marked his debut with a goal in a League Cup win against Middlesbrough.

He went on to score eight goals in 27 matches for us, including a hat-trick in the famous 9-0 win against Bristol Rovers in the old Second Division in October, 1977 as we secured promotion back to the First Division at the first attempt in 1977-78.

Ian moved to Leyton Orient in September, 1978 and played for Bolton and Barnsley before joining APOEL. On his return, Ian played for non-league Tamworth and scored in their FA Vase win in 1989. On retiring, he worked in the personal finance sector and assisted with youth coaching at a local non-league club.