Les Allen

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Les Allen
Personal information
Full name Leslie William Allen
Date of birth (1937-09-04) 4 September 1937 (age 77)
Place of birth Dagenham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Inside-forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1959 Chelsea 44 (11)
1959–1965 Tottenham Hotspur 119 (47)
1965–1969 Queens Park Rangers 128 (55)
Teams managed
1969–1970 Queens Park Rangers
1972–1974 Swindon Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Leslie William "Les" Allen (born 4 September 1937)[1] is an English former footballer and manager.

Playing career[edit]

Allen signed for Chelsea on his 17th birthday in September 1954 but never established his place in the Chelsea first-team. He scored 12 League goals for Chelsea in 44 appearances before joining Tottenham Hotspur in December 1959.

He was a key member of Tottenham's double winning side of 1960-61, forming a lethal goalscoring partnership with Bobby Smith. He scored 47 league goals in 119 appearances, but struggled to retain his place following the arrival of Jimmy Greaves.[2]

He joined Queens Park Rangers in July 1965 and scored 55 goals in 123 starts and five substitute appearances. He was a member of the QPR team who became the first Third Division side to win the Football League Cup Final 1967.[citation needed]

Managerial career[edit]

He briefly managed QPR during the 1969-70 season. In November 1972 he became manager of Swindon Town, remaining in charge until 1974.[3]


His brother Dennis and son Clive were also footballers.[4]


  1. ^ a b Soccer Who's Who compiled by Maurice Golesworthy The Sportsmans Book Club 1965
  2. ^ "Les Allen: 1959 - 1965". Great Players. Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 14 April 2013. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Managers: Les Allen". Soccerbase. Century Comm Ltd. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Jason Burt (11 January 2012). "Roman Abramovich determined to keep a close eye on Chelsea's purse strings during the transfer window: Redknapp calls for players to go back to school". The Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 14 April 2013.