Clive Allen

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Clive Allen
Clive Allen 2016.jpeg
Allen in 2016
Born Clive Darren Allen
(1961-05-20) 20 May 1961 (age 55)
Stepney, Middlesex, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Association football career
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Havering/Essex Schools
Romford Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Queens Park Rangers 49 (32)
1980 Arsenal 0 (0)
1980–1981 Crystal Palace 25 (9)
1981–1984 Queens Park Rangers 87 (40)
1984–1988 Tottenham Hotspur 105 (60)
1988–1989 Bordeaux 19 (13)
1989–1991 Manchester City 53 (16)
1991–1992 Chelsea 16 (7)
1992–1994 West Ham United 38 (17)
1994–1995 Millwall 12 (0)
1995 Carlisle United 3 (0)
Total 407 (194)
National team
1980 England U21 3 (0)
1984–1988 England 5 (0)
Teams managed
2007 Tottenham Hotspur (caretaker)
2008 Tottenham Hotspur (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Football career
Career information
Status Retired
Position(s) Placekicker
Career history
As player
1997 London Monarchs
Career highlights and awards
Records The Football Database
Career stats
PAT 7/10
FG 6/6

Clive Darren Allen (born 20 May 1961) is a retired English footballer, who played as a forward for seven different London clubs.

Club career[edit]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

He started his career at Queens Park Rangers in the late 1970s, and scored 32 league goals in 49 appearances, before moving to Arsenal.[1]


Allen signed for Arsenal in the summer of 1980 for a fee of £1.25m, but he did not play a single competitive match (although he did play three matches in Arsenal's 1980–81 pre-season friendly campaign). He shortly moved on to Crystal Palace in a swap deal with Kenny Sansom.[2]

Crystal Palace[edit]

Allen was Palace's top scorer for the 1980–81 season with nine goals in the league and 11 in all competitions, when Palace finished bottom of the First Division.[3]

Return to Queens Park Rangers[edit]

QPR, still in the Second Division, were now managed by Terry Venables (who had signed Allen for Palace) and in Allen's first season back at the club (1981–82) he scored 13 Second Division goals, though not enough to win promotion. QPR also had their most successful FA Cup run, reaching the FA Cup Final for the first time with Allen scoring the goals in 1–0 victories in both the 6th Round (vs Crystal Palace)[4] and semi-final (vs West Bromwich Albion).[5]

Over the next two seasons, Allen scored 27 League goals as QPR first won the Second Division Championship in 1982–83 and then finished fifth in the First Division in 1983–84. He moved to Tottenham for a £700,000 fee.[6]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Allen scored twice on his debut on 25 August 1984, a 4-1 away win at Everton, and scored 10 goals from 18 appearances in his first season, in which Spurs finished third behind Liverpool and Everton.[7][8]

In 1986–87 he scored 33 League goals, and 49 goals in all competitions.[9]

He also picked up the titles of PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year.


He moved from Spurs to join Bordeaux in March 1988.[9]

Later career[edit]

He spent one season in France before returning to England in August 1989 when he joined Manchester City, who had just been promoted to the First Division. He scored 10 league goals as City survived their first season back in the top flight, but scored only four goals in 20 league games in 1990–91. He managed three appearances and scored twice in the league for City the following season, and was transferred to Chelsea in December 1991.[10]

He scored seven goals in 16 league games over the next three months with Chelsea before he joined West Ham United in March 1992, scoring once in four league games and unable to stop them from being relegated.

He scored 14 goals in the 1992–93 Division One campaign as West Ham were promoted as runners-up, but played just seven league games (scoring twice) in the 1993–94 in the new Premier League.

In January 1994, when Allen was out of favour at West Ham United, Tottenham manager Ossie Ardiles (who had been his Tottenham teammate the previous decade) expressed interest in bringing Allen back to White Hart Lane as he looked to spend up to £500,000 on buying a striker to cover for the injured Teddy Sheringham, but the transfer never happened.[11] Allen opted to drop down a division and join Millwall for a fee of £75,000.[12] In 1995 Allen ended his career with 3 games for Carlisle United.

International career[edit]

In the summer of 1984, Allen was given his first England cap in a friendly against Brazil, coming on as a substitute. England won 2–0 but when Allen started against Uruguay England lost 2–0. He received his third cap in a goalless draw against Chile. On 29 April 1987, Allen got his fourth England cap in a goalless draw versus Turkey. He won his fifth and final England cap in another goalless draw, against Israel on 17 February 1988.[13]

Managerial career[edit]

Allen was the Tottenham Hotspur reserve team coach under Martin Jol at White Hart Lane, as well as being a pundit for a variety of media organisations. He was coach of Spurs Reserves when they won the FA Premier Reserve League Southern Division in 2005–06.[citation needed]

After Jol's dismissal in October 2007, Allen took up the position of Interim Manager of the senior squad. He took charge of the team for one match, a 1–2 defeat by Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League, before handing the reins over to Juande Ramos.[citation needed]

American football career[edit]

In 1997, he was playing for the London Monarchs in NFL Europe.[14]

Personal life[edit]

His son Oliver was also a footballer.


  1. ^ "Clive Allen". Post War English & Scottish Football League A — Z Player's Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ David Gerges. "Sol Campbell, Clive Allen, Joey Beauchamp and the Top 10 shortest transfers of all-time". Mirror Football. Trinity Mirror. Archived from the original on 25 November 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ QPR 1 Crystal Palace 0. YouTube — QPR Official. 
  5. ^ QPR 1 WBA 0. YouTube — QPR Official. 
  6. ^ Nick Constable (15 September 2014). Match of the Day: 50 Years of Football. Ebury Publishing. pp. 208–. ISBN 978-1-4481-4253-8. 
  7. ^ "Clive Allen". Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Tottenham Hotspur 1984-1985". Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Great players: Clive Allen". History of the club. Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 19 August 2012. [dead link]
  10. ^ Tony Matthews (21 November 2013). Manchester City: Player by Player. Amberley Publishing Limited. pp. 10–. ISBN 978-1-4456-1737-4. 
  11. ^ Football: Ardiles looking to Angell or Allen
  12. ^ Welcome to the Wonderful World of West Ham United Statistics Clive Allen
  13. ^ profile
  14. ^ Halling, Nick (12 May 1997). "American football: Allen puts Monarchs back on target". The Independent. London. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 

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