Exclusive Interview: Luke Moore

James Rowe for The Secret Footballer

Now playing semi-professional football for Dorking Wanderers, the former AFC Wimbledon forward was instrumental in the club’s promotion to the Football League back in 2011, having scored a penalty in the shoot-out against Luton Town. He caught up with our man, James Rowe.

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JR ''You signed for Dorking Wanderers in 2017. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as Dorking Wanderers?''

LM ''Since I arrived at Dorking Wanderers. My first season at the club was a bit of a change because they moved to the new stadium and that took a little longer than expected and we ended up mid table that season. In my second season, we really kicked on and won the league with eight games to spare and then we reached the play-offs last year and who knows what we can achieve this season. I am really enjoying being here and Dorking Wanderers are a great club to be at.''

JR ''You came through the youth setup and went on to make many appearances for Ebbsfleet United. How do you look back on your time at the club and do you have any highlights or special memories?''

LM ''I had a great time at Ebbsfleet United. I arrived at the club as a 16 year old and came through the youth setup and I was 17 when I made my debut in the first team . I played with some great players such as Charlie MacDonald and he was a great player to learn off and the then manager Liam Daish gave me my first opportunity in the men's game so I have to thank him a lot. The highlight was the FA Trophy win in 2008. That was a great time in my career going down to Wembley and winning there with Ebbsfleet United.''

JR ''Having spent five seasons at AFC Wimbledon. How do you look back on your time at the club and do you have any special memories or highlights? ''

LM ''AFC Wimbledon was a great time in my career. They are a massive club and they are still on the up now and as soon as I went there you knew the fan base that they had. It was a no brainer really when I went to sign for the club and my five years at the club were brilliant. In my first season we had a decent season in the Conference just finishing outside the play-offs and the following season we had a great team and we won the play-offs against Luton Town on penalties at the City of Manchester Stadium which was a great experience. I made my Football League debut at the club too at home to Bristol Rovers so many happy memories there and as a club now they are still kicking on which is great to see. They will also be moving into a new stadium in the next month or so and fingers crossed they can continue to push on and who knows get to the Championship in the next couple of years. I also feel that my time at AFC Wimbledon was where I played my best football and I look back on great times.''

JR ''You have accrued a lot of experience at different levels of English football. Could you say who are the best players you have played alongside so far in your career?''

LM ''A tough question. Charlie MacDonald stood out head and shoulders above the rest when I first arrived at Ebbsfleet United in terms of his training and application. He always gave 100 percent and was sharp every morning and he wanted to impress and improve everyday and you can see that in that when he left the club he went on to play for Brentford FC and Southend United and he has had a great career and he was really one to watch when I was growing up and learning off him. The likes of Danny Kedwell at AFC Wimbledon. He was a big player for us and I have been fortunate to play with many players who I thought were excellent. I am actually playing with one now at Dorking Wanderers, James McShane. He has never played in the Football League he is a midfielder and he could have easily played in the Football League. He is not the biggest but he never loses the ball, he is strong and his technique is brilliant and his all round game is fantastic. It has just not happened for him but he is another great player that I am currently playing with.''

JR ''I can imagine in your position as a striker that you have come up against many difficult opponents through the years. Could you say which opponents have stood out for you in terms of talent and ability?''

LM ''I remember playing against Michael Bostwick when he was at Stevenage FC and he was a great player. I used to play a bit deeper in the whole and he was a really tough opponent and I must say that I have faced a lot of tough opponents in my time.''

JR ''Finally Luke. You mentioned Liam Daish giving you your opportunity. Could you say who are the coaches and managers that have meant a lot to you and played a key role in your development as a professional footballer so far in your career?''

LM ''Yes, Liam Daish gave me my first opportunity and I have to thank him a lot for that and I learned a lot from him especially in a tactical sense and his man management skills were brilliant. He kind of took me under his wing as a young lad coming through and in all honesty I have to thank every manager that I played for because they have all been great with me Terry Brown at AFC Wimbledon and he brought me to the club and he really kicked me on into the Football League and then Neal Ardley too I feel that he took me to the next step because he had been a youth team manager at a Premier League club in Cardiff City so he knew the in's and out's of it. He had also been a professional footballer in the Premier League. He was very technical and even now playing under Marc White at Dorking Wanderers he has got his own way and he wants to play good football and he has tactical prowess and also good man management skills.''

James Rowe is a Dutch Football expert based in the Netherlands, professional writer and translator for The Secret Footballer. He has featured on talkSPORT and regularly features on talkSPORT 2 and Love Sport Radio. You can follow him on Twitter here.