Craig Allardyce

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Craig Allardyce
Personal information
Full name Craig Samuel Allardyce
Date of birth (1975-06-09) 9 June 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Bolton, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Preston North End 1 (0)
1994 Macclesfield Town 2 (0)
1994 Guangdong Hongyuan 5 (0)
1994 Northwich Victoria
1994–1997 Blackpool 1 (0)
1997–1998 Chorley
1998 Chesterfield 1 (0)
1998 Peterborough United 4 (0)
1998 Welling United 3 (0)
1998–2000 Mansfield Town 10 (0)
2000 Boston United 3 (1)
Total 30+ (1+)
Teams managed
2007–2009 Turton
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Craig Samuel Allardyce (born 9 June 1975) is a retired footballer and a football agent. He is the son of former player and current manager, Sam Allardyce. He was the manager of non-League club Turton from 2007 to 2009.

Footballing career[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Allardyce had a journeyman career, playing for eleven clubs in seven years.

Allardyce started his career in 1993 with Preston North End and left the club in 1994, to join Macclesfield Town.

In 1994, Allardyce move to Chinese outfit Guangdong Hongyuan, on 31 July 1994, Allardyce was involved in an on-pitch brawl with Hao Haidong in Guangdong Hongyuan's league match with Bayi FC. This resulted in Allardyce and Hao receiving a half-year ban by Chinese Football Association. He left China after this incident.

Allardyce then returned to England to play for and later a short spell at Northwich Victoria, before moving to Blackpool, where his father Sam was manager until he was sacked in 1996, Sam stayed at the club for three years, playing only once in a league game during the 1995–96 season.

After he was released by Blackpool in 1997, Allardyce then had short spells at Chorley, Chesterfield, Peterborough United, Welling United and Mansfield Town, before joining Boston United to end his career in 2000.

Career as a football agent[edit]

After his retirement at 25, Allardyce became a football agent.

Corruption allegations[edit]

On 19 September 2006, Allardyce, and his father Sam, were implicated in a BBC Panorama documentary for taking "bungs" from agents if they signed certain players. Two agents, Teni Yerima and Peter Harrison, were secretly filmed, each separately claiming that they had paid Sam Allardyce through Craig. Sam denies ever taking, or asking for, a bung.[1]

The final report of the Stevens inquiry, published in June 2007, expressed concerns regarding the involvement of Allardyce in a number of transactions. "The inquiry remains concerned at the conflict of interest that it believes existed between Craig Allardyce, his father Sam Allardyce – the then manager at Bolton – and the club itself."[2]

Managerial career[edit]

In December 2007 Allardyce took on a joint-managerial role of the West Lancashire Football League club Turton.[3] He left in 2009.


  1. ^ "Agents claim manager was bribed". BBC News. 19 September 2006. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "What Stevens said about each club". 16 June 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  3. ^ Craig looking to follow in Big Sam's footsteps. The Lancashire Telegraph, first published 19 December 2007.

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