Malcolm Allen (footballer)
|Full name||Malcolm Allen|
|Date of birth||21 March 1967|
|Place of birth||Deiniolen, Gwynedd, Wales|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Malcolm Allen (born 21 March 1967) is a Welsh former professional footballer who played for Watford, Aston Villa, Norwich City, Millwall, Newcastle United and Stevenage Borough. Allen played 14 times for Wales between 1986 and 1993. He is currently a pundit and commentator for S4C show Sgorio
After retiring from the professional game he moved into coaching and television punditry. He is a Welsh speaker.
Allen was born in Deiniolen, Gwynedd, but began his career with Watford, signing apprentice terms in July 1983, before becoming professional in March 1985. He scored Watford's only goal in 1985 FA Youth Cup final. He played and scored for the Hornets in their FA Cup semi-final defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in 1987, and in 19 cup appearances for Watford scored eight goals. He was loaned to Aston Villa in September 1987 by new Watford manager Dave Bassett, and joined Norwich for a fee of £175,000 in August 1988. Whilst with Norwich he scored four in their club record FA Cup victory, 8–0 against Sutton United in the fourth round. This was one of the most successful seasons in Norwich's history, as they finished fourth in the league and were semi-finalists in the FA Cup.
In 1989, an incident between Allen and David O'Leary sparked a mass brawl at Arsenal's Highbury stadium. O'Leary picked up Allen by the scruff of his neck and carried him some yards. Police officers needed to intervene and Arsenal were fined £20,000.
Allen represented Wales at youth, B and full international level. He received his first full cap aged 18, after only playing a small number of senior club games, taking to the field on 25 February 1986 in a 2–1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia in Dhahran. He was capped a total of 14 times by Wales at senior level, his last appearance coming on 17 November 1993 in the disappointing 2–1 defeat to Romania at Cardiff Arms Park, which ended their hopes of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup.
In August 2006, Allen was in court charged with assault. In April 2008, charged from his Watford home, he was given a suspended sentence and a ban for drink-driving after admitting drinking ten pints of beer.
He is a regular pundit on Sgorio, a Welsh language football review programme on S4C alongside Dai Davies. Malcolm also regularly co-commentates on live Sgorio games as well as on BBC Radio Cymru's Camp Lawn programme.
In the autumn of 2009 Y Lolfa published his autobiography in his native Welsh language.
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