Doug Allder

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Doug Allder
Personal information
Full name Douglas Stewart Allder[1]
Date of birth (1951-12-30) 30 December 1951 (age 63)
Place of birth Hammersmith, London, England
Playing position Left winger
Youth career
1968–1969 Millwall
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1975 Millwall 202 (10)
1975–1977 Orient 41 (0)
1977 Torquay United 0 (0)
1977 Watford 1 (0)
1977–1980 Brentford 88 (2)
1980–1981 Tooting & Mitcham United 21 (1)
1981 Walton & Hersham
1981–1982 Staines Town
Total 353 (13)
National team
England Youth
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Douglas Stewart Allder (born 30 December 1951 in Hammersmith, London) is an English former professional footballer. He played as a left winger, making 332 appearances in his career.[2] He was capped for England at youth level and is a member of the Millwall Hall of Fame.

Playing career[edit]

Millwall[edit]

Allder began his career with Division Two side Millwall, signing apprentice terms in April 1968 for £4 a week.[3] He signed a professional contract in October 1969,[2] worth £20 a week.[3] He made his debut during the 1969–70 season. A dispute with Benny Fenton in 1971 saw Allder play on a week-to-week contract and he nearly moved to play under Gordon Jago at divisional rivals Queens Park Rangers.[3] The move was cancelled after Jago replaced Fenton as Millwall manager, meaning Allder would remain at The Den.[3] The Lions occasionally challenged for promotion to Division One,[4] but relegation to Division Three at the end of the 1974–75 season saw Allder depart the club. In his six years with Millwall he made 227 appearances and scored 12 goals.[5] He has been voted into the Millwall Hall of Fame.[6]

Orient[edit]

In July 1975, Allder moved to Division Two side Orient in exchange for Terry Brisley and Barrie Fairbrother.[2]He left Orient at the end of the 1976–77 season, after making 41 league appearances without scoring.[7] Looking back in 2002, Allder said "I knew straight away it was a bad move. I wasn't happy there".[3]

Free agent[edit]

Allder had a month's trial with Division Four side Torquay United in August 1977, making one appearance as a substitute for Lindsay Parsons in a League Cup tie away at Cardiff City.[2][8] In September 1977 he had another month-long trial with Watford,[3] making a single appearance away at Rochdale in which he was substituted at half-time.[2] Watford would go on to win the 1977–78 Division Four title, with Allder receiving a winners' medal from chairman Elton John after the final game of the season against Brentford.[3]

Brentford[edit]

In October 1977, Allder joined Division Four club Brentford, after being pressed by manager Bill Dodgin.[3] He quickly became the regular left winger in a side which were promoted to Division Two at the end of the season after securing a fourth-place finish.[2][3] Allder had an infamous brawl with Sheffield United's Mick Speight during a match at Griffin Park in November 1979, which resulted in the fight spilling over into the Sheffield United dugout and both players being sent off.[3] Allder was released at the end of the 1979–80 season,[3] having made 95 appearances and scored three goals during his time at Griffin Park.[1]

Non-league football[edit]

He left for Isthmian League side Tooting & Mitcham in July 1980.[2]He moved to Staines Town in March 1981,[2] before moving to Walton & Hersham in September 1981.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1992 he was working at the Millwall Centre of Excellence.[2]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2002, Allder was working at Heathrow Airport.[3]

Honours[edit]

Watford

Brentford

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920-2006. Harefield: Yore Publications. p. 9. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. Surrey: T.G Jones. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1. , pp 22
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Lane, David (2002). Cult Bees & Legends: Volume One. Hampton Wick: Woodpecker Multimedia. pp. 73–87. ASIN B00NGFXBBG. ISBN 0-9543682-0-7. 
  4. ^ "Football Club History Database - Millwall". fchd.info. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Top 20 Appearances". millwall-history.org.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  6. ^ © Millwall FC. "The Millwall Hall of Fame". millwallfc.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Doing The 92 ~ Doug Allder". doingthe92.com. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Leigh Edwards. The definitive Torquay United F.C. ISBN 1-899468-09-9.