Craig Allen (footballer)
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|Date of birth||October 2, 1959|
|Place of birth||Guernsey, Channel Islands|
|1979-1981||California Surf (indoor)||29||(36)|
|1981-1982||New Jersey Rockets (indoor)||22||(22)|
|1982-1988||Cleveland Force (indoor)||254||(275)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
In 1979, the nineteen-year-old Allen came to California on vacation. While in California, he attended an open tryout with the California Surf of the North American Soccer League and gained a contract offer. Over three years, he played three NASL outdoor and two NASL indoor seasons with the Surf. In 1981, he moved to the New Jersey Rockets of the Major Indoor Soccer League. After one season, he moved to the Cleveland Force where he played for six seasons. In 1988, the Force lost to the San Diego Sockers in the MISL championship. In Jun 1988, the Force released Allen. By this time he had played 254 league games, scored 275 goals and added 180 assists with Cleveland.
In March 1993, Allen scored a record 7 goals for Guernsey in their 10-0 win against Alderney in the semi-final of the Muratti Vase. This was his first Muratti-appearance since 1978. (Although he failed to find the net in the final as Guernsey lost 1-2 against Jersey).
Allen's son Ross is also a competitive footballer, and was named Guernsey Football Association Division One Player of the Year for 2008-09. He currently plays for Guernsey F.C. in the Ryman League Division One South. In August 2011 he was allegedly scouted by Swindon Town.