|Full name||Ian James Robert Allinson|
|Date of birth||1 October 1957|
|Place of birth||Hitchin, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|St Albans City|
|2016–||St Albans City|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
In his playing career, Allinson amassed over 300 league appearances for Colchester United in two spells, and played over 100 games in all competitions for Arsenal. He also appeared for Stoke City and Luton Town. During his managerial career, he has managed a number of non-league teams, including Baldock Town, Barton Rovers over two spells, Harlow Town, Stotfold over two spells and has had a previous stint with Boreham Wood.
Born in Hitchin, Allinson began his career with Colchester United as an apprentice in the summer of 1974 and made his debut later in the season, coming on as a substitute for Jimmy Lindsay against Bobby Charlton's Preston North End on 19 April 1975. The match at Layer Road resulted in a 2–2 draw. After picking up the club's 'Young Player of the Year' award after his first season with the club, he was rewarded with his first professional contract in October 1975.
Allinson played a crucial role in Colchester's promotion winning side of the 1976–77 season, netting the winning goal in the final game of the season against Bradford City that secured a promotion slot. A consistent performer with the U's, it was not until the 1981–82 season that Allinson began to be noticed by the wider football world. Colchester boasted a powerful strike force of Roy McDonough, Kevin Bremner, Tony Adcock and Allinson, who scored 43 league goals in just two seasons. Allinson was valued in the region of £100,000 to Colchester, but an administration error cost the club dearly when his future benefits and bonuses were erroneously entered as less than his previous contract, entitling the player to a free-transfer. Fulham were the club most likely to sign Allinson, before a late bid from Arsenal was placed, joining them in the summer of 1983.
Allinson's debut came in a shock League Cup defeat to Walsall on 29 November 1983, signalling the end of Terry Neill's tenure as manager of the club. Under new manager George Graham, he was at times able to keep Charlie Nicholas out of the side, and in one run of form scored eight goals in 11 consecutive appearances.
Allinson was influential during a League Cup semi-final game with local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 1987, coming on as a substitute to score the goal to draw the sides level after 82 minutes, and then providing the assist for David Rocastle to score the winner. However, Allinson was left out of the squad for the final, in which Arsenal defeated Liverpool.
Having only made 14 appearances for Arsenal in the 1986–87 season, Allinson joined Second Division club Stoke City, but only made nine appearances for the team before signing for Luton Town for a £10,000 fee in October 1987. He scored three goals in 32 league games for Luton, before rejoining Colchester United in December 1988 on a free transfer. He had helped Luton to the FA Cup semi-final and the Full Members Cup final in 1988 prior to his Colchester return.
Allinson was tasked with having to help save Colchester from relegation from the Football League to the Conference by caretaker manager Steve Foley, and under new manager Jock Wallace, United clawed their way back up from the bottom of the league table, with Allinson scoring seven crucial goals to stave off the threat of relegation in the 1988–89 season. However, the club's form failed to improve, and he was released just before Christmas 1989, when he joined Baldock Town as player-manager.
Following his retirement from playing, Allinson became player-manager at Baldock Town from 1989 to 1992 before spending six years managing Stotfold. He later managed Barton Rovers on two occasions, Harlow Town, Boreham Wood, Stotfold on a further two occasions, and back to Boreham Wood where he is currently manager.
In 1994 he managed Corby Town F.C. whose Chairman at the time was Steve Evans, the current Manager of Leeds United F.C Upon taking on the Chairmanship of the Northamptonshire club, Evans axed the managerial duo of Bryn Gunn and Gerry McElhinney in favour of Allison but he resigned just a day after his appointment when he tendered his resignation after returning home from his first training session where he was introduced to the players. Allison later commented of the episode "I hadn't met Steve Evans before and didn't know why he had approached me. But after thinking about it I doubted if we would be able to work together"
During a game against Havant & Waterlooville in January 2011, the ball was put out of play so a Havant player could receive treatment, and upon passing the ball back to the Havant keeper, Boreham Wood player Mario Noto overhit his pass back to the goalkeeper and the ball hit the back of the net. Allinson signalled to his players to allow Havant to score a goal unchallenged. For this gesture, Allinson was hailed for his sportsmanship by Havant manager Shaun Gale.
Allison left Boreham Wood in October 2015 due to other work commitments. However he confirmed that he would not retire from football. On February 2, 2016, Allinson took over managerial duties at St Albans City FC.
Alongside his managerial duties, Allinson has worked in sales, and during Boreham Wood's FA Trophy run in 2006, he was working as a marketing representative for the competition's sponsors, Carlsberg. Allinson was acting as the club's director of football at the time. Ian is married to Jean and have 2 children Lee and Hayley, as well as 2 grandchildren.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Colchester United||1974–75||Third Division||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Stoke City||1987–88||Second Division||9||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||10||0|
|Luton Town||1987–88||First Division||27||3||5||1||0||0||4||0||36||4|
|Colchester United||1988–89||Fourth Division||25||7||3||1||0||0||3||1||31||9|
As a player
- Luton Town
- 1974–75 Colchester United Young Player of the Year
- Boreham Wood
- "Colchester United – Player profile". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- Whitehead, Jeff; Drury, Kevin (2008). The Who's Who of Colchester United: The Layer Road Years. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3.
- "Colchester United – Match details – Colchester Utd 2–2 Preston North End". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- "Ian Allinson - Arsenal.com". Arsenal.com. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "Arsenal old boys, 1986/87 to present". Arseweb. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "Ian Allinson – BWFC". Boreham Wood FC. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "Boreham Wood's Ian Allinson hailed for sportsmanship". The Sun. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "ALLINSON, Ian – Footballers – Where Are They Now?". Where Are They Now?. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "Allinson eyes final date for Wood". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 February 2013.