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
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 Allen (born Dagenham, 4 September 1937) is an English former footballer and manager.

As a player, 16 year-old Les Allen made his senior football debut in February 1953 for Briggs Sports in an unforgettable FA Amateur cup quarter final tie at Victoria Road, Dagenham against the holders Pegasus, the great amateur team of the 1950s, a match which the Dagenham works team won 3-0 with Les scoring one and making the other two. Les was an apprentice at Fords and eventually signed as an amateur for Chelsea in September 1954. He was an exciting centre-forward who scored 11 goals in 44 league appearances.[citation needed]

He joined 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.[1]

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 Q.P.R. team who became the first Third Division side to win the League Cup.[citation needed]

He briefly managed QPR during the 1969/70 season. In November 1972 he became manager of Swindon Town, remaining in charge until 1974.[2]

His brother Dennis and son Clive were also footballers.[3]


  1. ^ "Les Allen: 1959 - 1965". Great Players. Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 14 April 2013. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Managers: Les Allen". Soccerbase. Century Comm Ltd. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  3. ^ 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.