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These are a few of my favourite things – Darren Moore

18 February 2015

Promotion, One Direction, FIFA 15 and so much more

THIS week we put club legend and current Professional Development Phase Coach Darren Moore under the spotlight.

So, Mooro, what is your favourite…?

Moment in football?

My favourite moment in football is signing for Torquay United, because it meant I’d fulfilled one of my dreams which was to sign a professional contract at a football club.

Goal you have ever scored?

The goal against Palace because it set us on the way to getting back into the Premier League for the first time in about 16 years. It meant a lot due to of the importance of it, as a new generation of Baggies fans were going to see their team play Premier League football.

Goal you have ever seen?

A goal that I scored at Rotherham from 45-yards-out, I’m going to say that.

Game that you have been involved in?

We drew 1-1 with Arsenal at Highbury in 2004. Robert Earnshaw scored and it was against that famous Arsenal team that were just absolutely devastating. This was the team that went the whole season without losing, and we went to Highbury and got a 1-1 draw. It was an incredible performance by every single player that day.

Player of all time?

When I was growing up it was AC Milan duo Franco Baresi and a young Paolo Maldini. More recently I would have to say Thierry Henry. Any of those three.

Away ground?

Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

Football kit owned as a boy?

I had a Holland shirt in the year that they won the 1988 Euro’s, the team with Ruud Gullit and Marco Van Basten in. That was my favourite shirt.

Pair of boots?

I was given a pair of boots by Paul McGrath once, and they had his initials, squad number and everything on them. They were made by Adidas and were probably about half a size too small, but I still wore them and they were brilliant. They were literally dropping off my feet by the time I stopped wearing them.

World Cup memory?

I was fortunate enough to be present at the World Cup last summer in Brazil. I had the chance to go with my former employers the PFA, who took the whole coaching department. It was a brilliant experience to witness the World Cup.

Childhood memory of football?

Just having the ability to be able to play football every day, morning, noon and night. Replicating players we’d seen on TV, and looking to get better. I used to love winning too, whether it be playing against my mates or playing for my local team.

Childhood memory?

Signing a professional contact at Torquay United. It was a massive, massive dream come true for me and my Dad.

Lesson at school?



A lion. They’re just so powerful and dominant.






Mom’s cooking.


Mom’s kitchen, haha!

Chocolate bar?


Holiday destination?



I love Man on Fire with Denzel Washington.

TV show?

Match of the Day.

Sport other than football?


Computer game?

FIFA 15, cause I’m the best. I’m definitely the best. If I’m not the best in the West Midlands, I’m definitely the best here at West Bromwich Albion. And that goes for staff, players, everybody!

Thing to do to relax away from football?

I love spending time with my family and friends.


I really don’t have a favourite song, I am happy with a CD with a compilation of different tunes.


One Direction…Not! Again, I’ve just got so many styles of music and moods I can just go with, that there isn’t really a number one.


An Aston Martin DB9. That’s the ultimate car for me.

Book or magazine?

The Bible.

Foreign football team?


And finally… your favourite moment in an Albion top?

Every time I put the shirt on, I felt as though I was representing the fans and the people in and around the club. I grew up less than a mile away from the ground, so I always thought that I represented the local people. That was my favourite thing about wearing the shirt.

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