Joe Allon

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Joe Allon
Personal information
Full name Joseph Ball Allon[1]
Date of birth (1966-11-12) 12 November 1966 (age 50)[1]
Place of birth Gateshead, England[1]
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1987 Newcastle United 9 (2)
1987–1988 Swansea City 34 (12)
1988–1991 Hartlepool United 112 (48)
1991–1992 Chelsea 14 (2)
1992 Port Vale (loan) 6 (0)
1992–1994 Brentford 45 (19)
1993 Southend United (loan) 3 (0)
1994–1995 Port Vale 23 (9)
1995 Lincoln City 4 (0)
1995–1998 Hartlepool United 56 (19)
Total 306 (111)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joseph Ball Allon (born 12 November 1966) is an English former footballer. A striker, he scored 112 goals in 300 league games in a 14-year career in the Football League.

Starting his career with Newcastle United in 1984, he failed to break into the first team and moved on to Swansea City three years later. After a season with the "Swans" he signed with Hartlepool United. After scoring 50 league goals for the club he transferred to Chelsea in 1991. After a season with Chelsea, including a loan spell with Port Vale, he joined Brentford. In 1994, he moved back to Port Vale permanently, before moving back to Hartlepool United via Lincoln City in 1995. He retired in 1998. He won three promotions with three different clubs, and was voted onto the Fourth Division PFA Team of the Year in 1990–91.

Playing career[edit]

A forward, Allon started his professional career with Newcastle United in 1984, at a time when Jack Charlton was manager at St James' Park. At the end of 1984–85 he starred in the FA Youth Cup final victory over Watford, in which Paul Gascoigne scored a wonder goal. Allon scored twice in nine First Division games in 1985–86 and 1986–87, before manager Willie McFaul moved him on to Swansea City in August 1987. Terry Yorath's "Swans" won promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1987–88 after beating Torquay United 5–4 on aggregate in the play-off final. During the season Allon also scored against rivals Cardiff City in the South Wales derby, in a 2–2 draw at Vetch Field on New Year's Day. He scored twelve times in 40 league and cup appearances in a partnership with Colin Pascoe, before he returned to the North-East to join Hartlepool United in November 1988, as one of Bobby Moncur's first signings as manager.

The "Pools" struggled near the foot of the Football League in 1988–89, and Allon scored just five goals in 26 starts.[1] The team again struggled in 1989–90, though Allon managed 17 goals in 45 league starts to become the club's joint top-scorer with strike partner Paul Baker.[1] After new boss Cyril Knowles installed a defence to match the Allon-Baker partnership, the club won promotion in 1990–91; United finished third, but were only one point behind champions Darlington.[1] Allon hit 35 goals in 55 games in the campaign, and was named Hennessey Cognac North East Player of the Year and North East Football Writers Player of the Year, and was also voted onto the PFA Team of the Year.[1]

His form that season earned him a move to top-flight side Chelsea in August 1991, with manager Ian Porterfield paying a fee reported to be £250,000. However, he failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge, and in February of the 1991–92 season he joined Port Vale on loan, but made just six goalless appearances for John Rudge's "Valiants", who struggled in vain to avoid relegation out of the Second Division.[2] He only stayed for a few months of 1992–93, the inaugural season of the Premier League. It was rumoured that his friendship with Vinnie Jones led him astray and helped to bring about his poor form.[3] In all he started just four games (with a further 14 substitute appearances) and scored three goals for the "Blues". He was sold to Brentford in November 1992 for a club-record incoming fee of £275,000.[4] The "Bees" were relegated out of the First Division at the end of the 1992–93 season under Phil Holder. He scored a total of 28 goals in 56 league and cup appearances at Griffin Park. He also had a brief spell on loan at Southend United in September 1993.

Allon moved to back Port Vale – this time permanently – in March 1994.[2] He scored twice in what remained of the 1993–94 campaign, helping the club to win promotion out of the Second Division.[2] He bagged seven goals at Vale Park in 1994–95, before he was sold to Third Division side Lincoln City for £42,500 in July 1995.[2] After just five games and three months at Sincil Bank he was on the move again, during which manager Sam Ellis was replaced by John Beck, and returned to Victoria Park when Hartlepool manager Keith Houchen splashed out £40,000. He scored nine goals in 24 games in 1995–96 to become joint top-scorer, but a persistent knee injury restricted his first team appearances.[1] He scored 11 goals in 34 games in 1996–97 to again become the club's top-scorer, as Hartlepool finished just four points above the bottom of the Football League under the stewardship of Mick Tait.[1] His goal spree towards the end of the season helped the club to avoid a drop into the Conference.[3] He only made it onto the pitch five times in 1997–98, but still found the net twice, before he retired due to injury.[1] His total of 79 goals for Hartlepool puts him in seventh place in their overall list of top scorers.[1]

Post-retirement[edit]

After retiring from football, Allon presented an award-winning BBC Inside Out documentary on grassroots sport, and worked as a summariser at BBC Tees radio.[5] Between 2006 and 2008 Allon worked under ex-Chelsea teammate Dennis Wise on the coaching staff at Leeds United.[6] He suffered a mental breakdown following the death of his mother due to Alzheimer's disease in 2007.[7]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Joe Allon profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United 1984–85 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1985–86 First Division 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
1986–87 First Division 5 1 0 0 1 0 6 1
Total 9 2 0 0 1 0 10 2
Swansea City 1987–88 Fourth Division 32 12 2 0 4 1 38 13
1988–89 Third Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 34 12 2 0 4 1 40 13
Hartlepool United 1988–89 Fourth Division 21 3 4 2 2 0 27 5
1989–90 Fourth Division 45 17 1 0 3 0 49 17
1990–91 Fourth Division 46 28 2 3 7 4 55 35
Total 112 48 7 5 12 4 131 57
Port Vale (loan) 1991–92 Second Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Chelsea 1991–92 First Division 11 2 0 0 7 1 18 3
1992–93 Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 14 2 0 0 7 1 21 3
Southend United (loan) 1993–94 First Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Brentford 1992–93 First Division 24 6 1 0 5 5 30 11
1993–94 Second Division 21 13 1 2 4 2 26 17
Total 45 19 2 2 9 7 56 28
Port Vale 1993–94 Second Division 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 2
1994–95 First Division 19 7 2 1 1 0 22 8
Total 23 9 2 1 1 0 26 10
Lincoln City 1995–96 Third Division 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Hartlepool United 1995–96 Third Division 22 8 0 0 2 1 24 9
1995–96 Third Division 30 9 1 0 3 2 34 11
1995–96 Third Division 4 2 0 0 1 0 5 2
Total 56 19 1 0 6 3 63 22
Career Total 306 111 14 8 41 16 361 135

Honours[edit]

Individual
with Newcastle United
with Swansea City
with Hartlepool United
with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Profile". inthemadcrowd.co.uk. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 7. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  3. ^ a b Parkinson, Ed. "Joe Allon". wsc.co.uk. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Brentford Football Club Official Matchday Magazine versus Hull City 07/05/05. 2005. p. 46. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Karen (23 August 2012). "Joe Allon on scrapes with Vinnie and new romance". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Weekend Interview: Joe Allon". chelseafc.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Karen (25 February 2013). "Ex-Newcastle United star on his mental breakdown". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 

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