The name Louis Moult is one remembered with fondness around Motherwell. The Englishman was nothing short of sensational for the Steelmen. He delivered countless memorable moments and crucial goals during his time at Fir Park.
The lob against Rangers, that game against Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup. You could go on and on about the happy times Moult brought to the Steelmen. To say fans were gutted when he left would be an understatement.
Supporters were equally delighted for him though when he moved to Preston. The striker’s journey has been a real rags to riches one, but Moult’s move to Deepdale allowed him to move closer to his family and play at a higher level.
His season has been disrupted with injury, but Lilywhite fans can see there is a player in the former Well star. With gametime he’ll begin to deliver on a regular basis, but that hasn’t stopped him scooping up awards.
He was crowned Preston’s community player of the year for his fine efforts off the park. It’s great to see his endeavor away from the football pitch has continued from his time in North Lanarkshire.
His award was given to him after his incredible work in the local community and with The Foxton Centre. The centre works with vulnerable people within the local area. Moult has worked tirelessly with the organisation in his free time to raise awareness of homelessness and addiction.
It’s two things that are close to the former Well star due to personal experiences, and turning his negative times into something positive is commendable.
From regular attendance at Preston holiday camps to becoming a prize bingo caller at a family bingo night, Moult truly gives back to the community he plays in. People at Motherwell know this all too well though.
Working class hero
He always attended the regular camps for youngsters at Fir Park, went on fan podcasts on multiple occasions and promoted initiatives within the community. Moult always had time for fans and it’s the main reason he has such a loyal individual following from most clubs he has played at.
I’ll even reflect on my own Moult story. Me and my mates went to a Motherwell friendly against Stirling Albion a couple of years ago. We waited for players to come off the team bus, which Moult eventually did. He took photos with all of us, and spoke to us for a period about our journey to Forthbank, how long we had supported the club and thanking us for our support.
There are very few players who would do that now. That meeting may not have felt like much to him, but to young fans watching him on a regular basis, that five minutes or so is everything. He continues to do that on a regular basis at Preston. His best attributes are definitely off the park, remaining one of the most humble players in the game.
The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will be role models for young footballers for their ability on the park. People should start pointing them towards the likes of Moult for inspiration, for while they may not be as good as Messi and Ronaldo, they are lessons on how to conduct yourself as a human being.
Moult is the last of a dying breed of footballers who appreciate the fans and is willing to prove it. The striker uses his position to do good for others. He truly is a working class hero.