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|Born||Clive Darren Allen
20 May 1961
Stepney, Greater London
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
Association football career
|Career highlights and awards|
|Records||The Football Database|
Allen is the son of ex-Tottenham Hotspur forward Les Allen, who was a member of the team which won the First Division title and FA Cup "double" in 1961. He is the brother of former footballer Bradley Allen and cousin of football manager Martin Allen and ex West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paul Allen.
Queens Park Rangers
Allen signed for Arsenal in the middle 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.
Return to Queens Park Rangers
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) and semi-final (vs West Bromwich Albion).
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.
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.
His goal tally that season broke the Spurs club record held by Jimmy Greaves, and remains unbroken. No player associated with any top division club has managed to match or exceed Allen's total of goals in all competitions since then, either. However, his top-flight league goals tally was surpassed by Andy Cole of Newcastle United in 1993–94 and a year later by Alan Shearer at Blackburn Rovers.
He also picked up the titles of PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year.
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.
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.
In January 1994, when Allen was out of favour at West Ham United, Tottenham manager Ossie Ardiles (who had been his Tottenham team mate 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. Allen opted to drop down a division and join Millwall for a fee of £75,000. In 1995 Allen ended his career with 3 games for Carlisle United.
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.
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.
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.
American football career
His son Oliver was also a footballer.
|Club||First Game||Last Game||G||W||D||L||Win %|
|Tottenham Hotspur||26 October 2007, v Blackburn Rovers, White Hart Lane, Premier League||6 November 2011 (joint with Joe Jordan), v Fulham, Craven Cottage, Premier League||4||2||0||2||50%|
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