GRAHAM MOORE (1941-2016)

The Club has been saddened to learn of the passing of our former Welsh International Graham Moore who died on February 9th at the age of seventy-four.

Hengoed-born Graham joined us as a 16 year-old amateur from Bargoed YMCA at the age of 16 in 1957 whilst working at Penallta Colliery. He became a ground-staff boy in the days before apprentice professionals, and signed professional forms for us in May 1957. An attacking midfield player, he was a Wales Youth International when he made his first-team début for City in a Second Division game at Brighton in September 1958 at the age of 17, scoring a last-minute equaliser in our 2-2 draw.

He established himself in our first-team in 1959/60 and made his senior Wales début in October 1959, playing against England at Ninian Park in front of an all-time record attendance of 62,634, and heading a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw. It was the first of his 21 senior Wales appearances. Later that season he scored in our 1-0 home win against Aston Villa in April 1960, a result which confirmed our promotion to top level (the old Division One). As a result of his performances that season he was voted BBC Wales “Welsh Sports Personality of the Year”.

Graham Moore, Wales v England 1959 (back row, third from left)

In December 1961, after 100 League and Cup appearances, and 33 goals, he was transferred to Chelsea for a then-record City fee of £35,000. He later played for Manchester United, Northampton Town, Charlton Athletic and Doncaster Rovers where he ended his playing-career in 1974.

After that he became a sub-postmaster in Scarborough, and then a pub landlord in South Yorkshire. A few years ago he returned to live in South Wales at Abertillery, and made several visits to see us play at Cardiff City Stadium.

Cardiff City Football Club offer our sincere condolences to his wife and family.