Spennymoor captain lines up alongside namesake

INSPIRATIONAL NAMESAKE: Daniel 'Bobby' Moore will be inspired by late legend

INSPIRATIONAL NAMESAKE: Daniel 'Bobby' Moore will be inspired by late legend

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THE captain of a County Durham football club heading to Wembley will take inspiration from his namesake when he leads his team out at the iconic stadium.

Spennymoor Town’s Daniel Moore has been nicknamed Bobby for so long some of his friends would not know his real first name.

The 28-year-old, from Hetton-le-Hole, played for Mansfield Town until he was 17 and when his dreams of turning professional failed to materialise he joined the army.

In eight years service he completed two tours of Afghanistan, one of Iraq and one of Kosovo and lived in Northern Ireland for two and half years.

A move to Catterick brought him to the region and he has played for Shildon AFC, Hetton Lyons and joined Spennymoor Town last year when he was named players’ and supporters’ player of the season.

The father-of-one said: “I’ve played all over the world with the Army- in America against the Jamaican national team and against a Barcelona select in Gibralta.

“But Wembley is going to be the best, the proudest moment in my footballing career by a country mile.”

They may seem poles apart but the two Moores share several similarities.

While Bobby captained England to World Cup glory at the old Wembley in 1966, Daniel hopes to lead the Moors to victory over Tunbridge Wells in the FA Vase final at the new national stadium, on Saturday, May 4.

Both central defenders and with a reputation for wearing their heart of their sleeve, Daniel says he is even sporting a comb-over hairstyle like his late hero.

This week he was among a delegation from Spennymoor to visit Wembley, where he lined up alongside a Bobby Moore statue.

He said: “Because people have called me Bobby for so long I definitely look to him and who he played for and will take inspiration from that.”

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