• U-23 Player Profile - Owen Moore

    Owen Moore poses for his official 2018-19 portrait photo

    Owen James Moore was born in Basildon, Essex on 7 May 1999. He attended Gable Hall School in Stanford-le-Hope and played football for East Thurrock before being signed up by the Arsenal academy at the age of 8. He developed through the age ranks at the Hale End academy and in the 2012-13 season, his U-14 schoolboy campaign, he was a member of the Essex Schools U-14 squad that reached the final of the ESFA Boys Inter-County Trophy, unfortunately losing 2-1 to Merseyside Schools at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium in May 2013.

    Moore comes from a sporting family and his older brother Lewis is a goalkeeper. Lewis spent eight years in the Arsenal academy before being released at U-16 level; he did, however, secure a two-year scholarship with Swansea City which commenced in July 2012. Released without being offered a professional deal, he headed back to Essex and joined Dagenham & Redbridge on non-contract terms in July 2014. He was an unused substitute for the League Two encounter at Tranmere Rovers on 7 March 2015. His persistence finally paid off when, in July this year, he was finally offered his first professional contract by the Daggers, penning a one-year deal.

    Owen Moore's older brother Lewis is a professional goalkeeper at Dagenham & Redbridge

    Owen made his debut for the Arsenal U-18 side on 16 April 2014, as a substitute against Fulham, when he was still an U-15 schoolboy. At the start of the following season he was called up for the England U-16 squad and made his international bow in a 4-3 defeat to Belgium at St George’s Park on 20 August 2014 (he played an hour in a match that was composed of 4 x 30 minute periods). In a nice touch, he donated his England shirt to his Gable Hall School.

    Owen Moore made his only England international appearance to date against Belgium

    Owen had played at right-back and in central midfield during his development through the Arsenal academy (where he was in the same year as David Beckham’s oldest son Brooklyn). He made a further four appearances for the Gunners’ U-18 side in 2014-15 and in early February 2015 he was a member of the Arsenal U-17 squad (comprised of first-year scholars and schoolboys) that travelled to Qatar for the Al Kass International Cup.

    Perhaps surprisingly, then, Moore was not among the schoolboys offered a scholarship by Arsenal during the course of that season. Instead, on 15 March 2015 he started at right-back as a trialist for the Brighton and Hove Albion U-18s in their 0-0 draw at West Ham. On 4 April 2015 he tweeted:-

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