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RIP former Sunderland forward Gary Moore — A football man - Roker Report (sbnation.com)

Sad to hear the passing of former Swans centre forward Gary Moore. Signed by Swans manager Harry Griffiths prior to the start of the 1976/77 season, along with the experienced Eddie May, Les Chappell and Gil Reece as part of the plan to bring on the club’s younger players. The idea at the time was to link the experienced front runner with youngsters Curtis and James, and also support the previous season’s top goalscorer Geoff Bray

By the time of John Toshack’s arrival at the Vetch Field during his second season with the Swans, Moore was sidelined with an injury, and did not feature in any of Toshack’s sides through to the end of the season, with the pelvic injury forcing him to retire from the professional game in May 1978, just after the Swans had clinched promotion. Prior to announcing his retirement he had been involved with coaching Swansea Senior League side Velindre Sports, winning the West Wales Amateur Cup competition in 1977, and after leaving the Vetch Field, remained in the area for some time, devoting more time to his industrial cleaning business. He later returned home to his native Sunderland area where he was involved in coaching with Blyth Spartans in 1980, manager of Consett in 1982, manager of Crook Town in 1984.


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