PERSPECTIVE comes naturally to Daniel Moore, writes STEVE BROWN.
Yet the brutal realities of life do not stop the Spennymoor Town captain from relishing today, and the chance to win the FA Vase.
Moore – Bobby to his mates – will lead the Moors out at Wembley against Kent Premier League side Tunbridge Wells keen to add the Vase to his and the club’s impressive trophy cabinet.
It could be his finest hour but, if so, will amount to some achievement.
Now a development manager for a finance company, Moore started his career at Mansfield Town and later led men into war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo.
In lighter moments on duty, he has played against Jamaica and a Barcelona XI.
Hence the perspective.
Nonetheless, Moore has seen enough of life – via a posting at Catterick – in the North East to fully comprehend the importance of today’s final.
And the Moors skipper says his side is determined to leave London with the trophy.
“It’s massive for me, the club and everyone in the town,” said Moore.
“The people here have really got behind us and we want to give them a good day out at Wembley. It’ll be nice to lift the trophy if we win.”
He has already won plenty, on and off the pitch.
“I made my debut for Mansfield away to Shrewsbury, which was great,” he said. “I played a couple of league games in the old Division Three and made a few appearances off the bench, but I got a bit disillusioned with it.
“I probably spat my dummy at Mansfield. It never really worked out for me and that’s when I went in the army.
“I was a Platoon Sergeant in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. I toured Afghanistan, where I was in charge of 60-odd blokes, Iraq and Kosovo, and lived in Northern Ireland for a bit.
“I enjoyed my time in the army but one of the main reasons for leaving was to play regular football.
“Apart from making my debut at Mansfield, the highlights of my career have probably been a game for the army against a Jamaican national team, and against a Barcelona XI in a tournament in Gibraltar. They were amazing experiences but I want to play more regularly, and to lead the lads out at Wembley is going to be a great honour.
“I went down last week for the media day and it was an eye-opener. I’ve been to watch an England game, against the US, and I was meant to go and watch Mansfield in the FA Trophy final, when they lost to Darlington, but my little ’un was born the day before.
“But being there behind the scenes was something else. It’s like a different world underneath the ground, and walking out of the tunnel takes your breath away.”
Moore added: “It looks like we’ll have a good crowd down there, and you can see what it means to the people of Spennymoor.”