Harry Allen (footballer)

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Harry Allen
Personal information
Date of birth (1866-01-19)19 January 1866
Place of birth Walsall, England
Date of death 23 February 1895(1895-02-23) (aged 29)
Place of death Walsall, England
Playing position Centre Half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Walsall Swifts
1886–1894 Wolverhampton Wanderers 123 (8)
National team
1888–1890 England 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Harry Allen (19 January 1866 – 23 February 1895) was an English international footballer, who played most of his career for Wolverhampton Wanderers, and was their captain.


Allen started his career with Walsall Swifts before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1886, making his senior debut - and scoring - in a 6–0 FA Cup win over Matlock Town on 30 October 1886.

He was part of the Wolves team that were founder members of the Football League in 1888, playing in their very first league game against Aston Villa. He also played in the 1889 FA Cup Final, where Wolves went down 0–3 to league champions Preston North End. Despite this setback, he went one step further in 1893 as he scored the only goal to lift the FA Cup against Everton.

Allen's club form won him a call-up to the England team in 1888, as he made his debut in a 5–1 win over Wales on 4 February 1888. He won 5 caps in total, all in Home International fixtures spread over three years.

Illness and a back injury forced him to retire from the game though in October 1894. In total, he made 153 appearances for Wolves, scoring 8 goals. He became landlord of a pub in Wolverhampton, but died suddenly on 23 February 1895, aged 29.



  • Matthews, Tony (2008). Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-632-3.