Paul Moses was a soccer fanatic as a child but when neighbour and Bradford Northern scrum-half Geoff Shutt was asked by Paul’s dad to show him the skills of rugby league he never looked back. He began his rugby league career first at the Central Youth Club coached by Peter Roe and Joe Bardgett and then Keighley Albion under 17’s before going down to Keighley in 1978 as part of the re-formed Colts team receiving guidance from boyhood hero Brian Jefferson and Terry Hollindrake. Despite finding some fine prospects the colts team folded and Halifax RLFC came in for the pick of the talent including Paul. After several solid performances for Halifax Colts he progressed to the ‘A’ team making such an impression that he finally signed for the Thrum Hallers in 1981 making his first team debut the following year and becoming a regular in the first team in 1983-4 being voted runner-up in the player of the year awards. Shortly after Halifax, under a new regime, signed a host of Australian players and put many of it’s English players on the transfer list. Paul decided to return to his roots at Keighley, initially on loan but later becoming a permanent and indispensable member of the first team at scrum-half and later as hooker.
The next turn in Paul’s career saw him trying his hand in Queensland, Australia with the Ingham Life Savers Club in 1987 and 1988. He returned to Keighley in 1988 playing through a very lean spell at the club until in 1991 ‘Cougarmania’ took off with Peter Roe guiding the team to the Third Division Championship in 1992-3, a season in which Paul played a big part with 21 appearances, 9 of them as sub and scoring 7 tries. In the subsequent seasons, as his playing career was reaching an end, Paul’s appearances became fewer but whenever called on to play he always gave one hundred percent. He was awarded a testimonial season 1995 and later moved to help John Kain coaching Cougars ‘A’ team. He left Keighley after making 205 appearances scoring 35 tries, 17 goals and 37 drop-goals.
Putting his immense knowledge back into the amateur game Paul moved to Silsden Park Rangers as player /coach and then on to Keighley Albion in their first National Conference season.
Paul is in an unique position of being part of Keighley teams that have reached the highs and the lows including a forgetable 92-2 defeat by Leigh in 1986. But Paul once said, “I was there to be counted”, which says a lot about a truly outstanding, honest and reliable player who stuck with the team through the lean years deservedly enjoying success towards the end of his professional career. As his boyhood hero Brian Jefferson once said, “People often talk about the ‘model professional’ but it is surely epitomised in Paul Moses”.