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Darren Moore was born in Birmingham, 1974. Although he has now moved into management, he had a long career as a player and could be described as something of a journeyman having played for 8 clubs over a 20-year career as well as briefly appearing for his national side, Jamaica. In his personal life, Moore is well known as an active member of several charities which has earned him a deserved reputation as one of football’s nice guys.
He began his long career at Torquay United, playing as a centre-half. He played well over a century of professional league games for Torquay, who then resided in the third tier of the English football pyramid, before moving on to Doncaster Rovers in the mid-90s. He would go on to make nearly one hundred appearances for Doncaster where his stock would rise rapidly, earning him a transfer to Bradford City in 1997. During his time at the Bantams, Moore would struggle with a number of injury setbacks before making the kind of impact which a player of his calibre was capable. Although he did eventually leave his mark at Doncaster, the club where he would eventually return as manager, he made arguably made his biggest contribution in the next few years of his career at Portsmouth, West Brom and Derby County. Portsmouth secured his services in 1999 for half a million pounds, he would make nearly 60 appearances in the English Football League First Division (later rebranded as the Championship) before moving on to West Bromich Albion, this time for seven hundred and fifty thousand pounds.
The West Midlands club was without question where Darren Moore enjoyed the golden years of his career. He was a key component in Gary Megson's side which finished 2nd in the Football League First Division. As part of their defence, Moore helped the Baggies concede less than 30 goals, a club record in any division over 42 games leading to him being named in the Professional Footballers Association Division One team of the year. Although they were relegated from the Premier League the following season, Moore played a role in their immediate bounce back in 03/04 - West Brom have been known as something of an 'up and down' team ever since. Although he remained a fans' favourite, Moore began to struggle with regards to first-team opportunities in the subsequent years and eventually decided it would be in the best interests of both himself and of the club to move on to pastures new.
He was approached by Phil Brown's Derby County in the 06/07 winter transfer window and made the move for around three hundred thousand pounds. He proved to be an excellent addition to the squad which would gain promotion to the promised land of the Premier League and would again be named in the Championship Team of the year for that season, the second time he had achieved the illustrious accolade. Also, Moore became a member of an exclusive club of players which had won promotion to the Premier League on four separate occasions.
He spent the rest of his playing days at Barnsley and Burton Albion before making the move into management. His first venture into this world was to return to West Brom, the club where he had had the best days of his playing career. He was initially appointed a caretaker until the end of the season before accepting the job on a permanent basis. Moore's contribution was immediately positive and, although West Brom were eventually relegated, Moore's impact was widely acknowledged to have been successful.
He was sacked after less than a year in charge, many believed his dismissal to be incredibly premature given the Baggies were in fourth place in a very competitive league at the time.