Les Allen

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This article is about the English footballer. For the Australian footballer, see Les Allen (Australian footballer). For the musician and vocalist, see Les Allen (musician).
Les Allen
Personal information
Full name Leslie William Allen
Date of birth (1937-09-04) 4 September 1937 (age 79)
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)
Teams managed
1969–1970 Queens Park Rangers
1972–1974 Swindon Town

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

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

Playing career[edit]

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.

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]

He joined Queens Park Rangers in July 1965 and 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]


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


  1. ^ a b Soccer Who's Who compiled by Maurice Golesworthy The Sportsmans Book Club 1965
  2. ^ "Les Allen: 1959 - 1965". Great Players. Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 14 April 2013. [dead link]
  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.