Steve Moran, best-remembered in football for his time with Southampton, made nearly sixty league appearances for Exeter City towards the end of his Football League career. He also played for Leicester City, Reading and Hull City in addition to representing England at under-21 level.
Spotted by Southampton playing schools football in Fareham, Steve was a pacey striker who was capped by England at schools level before joining Saints as an apprentice in 1977. Turning professional in August 1979 Steve quickly became something of a ‘rising talent’- he was PFA Young Player of the Year in 1982 - and was capped by England at under-21 level on his way to making 180 league appearances for Southampton whilst scoring 78 goals. Ultimately transferred to Leicester City in September 1986 for a fee of £300,000, Steve moved to Reading in November 1987 where he was to spend several seasons scoring thirty times from 116 league outings,
Leaving the Berkshire club after the 1990/91 season, and now aged thirty, Steve was reunited with his former team mate Alan Ball - new in the job as manager of Exeter City - when he signed for the Grecians in August 1991. Appearing alongside former Southampton colleague Steve Williams, Steve made his debut at West Bromwich Albion on 17 August 1991 and was on target in a 3-6 defeat as he went on to finish as top-scorer with nineteen goals in his first season with the club (most notably scoring all four goals in the victory over Darlington on 12 October 1991). Adding just eight goals in 1992/93 as City continued to struggle in the third-tier, Steve left St James’ Park in August 1993 to finish his 154 goals in 413 games Football League career with a final seventeen games in the colours of Hull City.
Remaining in the Hull area, Steve coached, ran a pub and became a lorry driver.
|Item: Steve Moran