Clive Darren Allen
(born 20 May 1961) is a retired English footballer
and a prolific scorer for a number of clubs.
Allen is the son of ex-Tottenham Hotspur
forward Les Allen
, who was a member of the legendary team which won the First Division
title and FA Cup
"double" in 1961 (the Cup success occurred exactly two weeks before Allen Jnr's birth). He is the brother of former footballer Bradley Allen
and cousin of football manager Martin Allen
and ex West Ham United
and Tottenham Hotspur
midfielder Paul Allen
. He holds the unique distinction of playing for more London based football clubs than any other footballer in history.
Queens Park Rangers
A fearfully accurate centre forward, Allen joined Queens Park Rangers
as a youth player, making his debut in 1978 at the age of 17. Allen scored a hat trick on his full debut against Coventry City
in a 5-1 win, but QPR were relegated at the end of that season
and Allen became a first-choice striker in their quest to return to the top flight, scoring a phenomenal 28 goals in 1979-80
, though QPR failed to win promotion. This prompted Arsenal
to make a bid of £1,250,000 for him in the summer of 1980, which QPR accepted. At the time, it was the highest fee to be paid for a teenager by any British club.
There followed a most bizarre sequence of events which led to Allen leaving Arsenal within just two months of arriving at Highbury
, having not played a single competitive match (although he did play three... Read More