Les Allen

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Les Allen
Personal information
Full name Leslie William Allen
Date of birth (1937-09-04) 4 September 1937 (age 80)
Place of birth Dagenham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1959 Chelsea 44 (11)
1959–1965 Tottenham Hotspur 119 (47)
1965–1969 Queens Park Rangers 128 (55)
Total 291 (113)
National team
1961 England U23 1 (0)
Teams managed
1969–1970 Queens Park Rangers
1972–1974 Swindon Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Leslie William Allen (born 4 September 1937)[1] is an English former footballer and manager.

Playing career[edit]

Allen started his playing career at amateur club Briggs Sports where he helped them to reach the semi-finals of the Amateur Cup in 1954.[2] In the same year Allen signed for Chelsea on his 17th birthday in September 1954 but never established his place in the Chelsea first-team. He scored 12 League goals for Chelsea in 44 appearances before joining Tottenham Hotspur in December 1959.[2]

He was a key member of Tottenham's double winning side of 1960-61, forming a lethal goalscoring partnership with Bobby Smith. He scored 47 league goals in 119 appearances, but struggled to retain his place following the arrival of Jimmy Greaves.[2]

Allen was rewarded with an England call-up in February 1961 where he earned one cap for England Under 23s against Wales.[2]

He joined Queens Park Rangers in July 1965 for a recorded sum of £21,000.[2] Allen scored 55 goals in 123 starts and five substitute appearances. He was a member of the QPR team who became the first Third Division side to win the Football League Cup Final 1967.[3]

Managerial career[edit]

He briefly managed QPR during the 1969-70 season. In November 1972 he became manager of Swindon Town, remaining in charge until 1974.[4]

Honours[edit]

Tottenham

  • First Division: 1960-61
  • FA Cup: 1960-61

QPR

Family[edit]

His brother Dennis, son Clive[5] and nephew Paul were also footballers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Maurice Golesworth (1965). Soccer Who's Who. The Sportsmans Book Club. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "HALL OF FAME: LES ALLEN". Tottenham Hotspur. 8 June 2004. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "‘Keep clear of Shepherd’s Bush tonight’ – QPR at Wembley 1967 - Queens Park Rangers News". Loft For Words. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Managers: Les Allen". Soccerbase. Century Comm Ltd. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Jason Burt (11 January 2012). "Roman Abramovich determined to keep a close eye on Chelsea's purse strings during the transfer window: Redknapp calls for players to go back to school". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 14 April 2013.