Paul Kevin Allen (born 28 August 1962) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder in the Football League for West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Luton Town, Stoke City, Swindon Town, Bristol City and Millwall in the 1980s and 1990s. He won three [1 ] caps for England at under-21 level. [2 ]
At 17 years and 256 days old, Allen's appearance for West Ham United against
Arsenal in the 1980 FA Cup Final made him the youngest player to appear in an FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, though James Prinsep played at a younger age at Kennington Oval in 1879. Both records have since been broken. His debut for West Ham had come on 29 September 1979 when 32 days after his 17th birthday he had appeared for the club in their 2–1 home win over [3 ] Burnley in the Second Division. He collected a Second Division title medal for the Hammers in 1980–81 and helped re-establish them as a First Division side. He made 152 league appearances for the Hammers, scoring six goals, before a £400,000 fee took him to their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on 19 June 1985. [4 ]
Allen went on to play in two FA Cup finals for
Tottenham Hotspur, on the losing side in 1987 but victorious in 1991. In eight years with Tottenham, he played 292 league games and scored 23 goals. He was voted player of the year for the [5 ] 1992–93 season, his final full season at White Hart Lane. [6 ]
He remained at
White Hart Lane until 16 September 1993, when a £550,000 deal took him to Southampton. He played 33 FA Premier League games in 1993–94, scoring once, but played just 10 league games without scoring in 1994–95 and was loaned out for 17 games to Stoke City, scoring once in a 4–2 defeat away at Southend United in March 1995. He then signed for Swindon Town on a free transfer and helped them win the Division Two title (and promotion to Division One) in 1995–96.
After retiring from playing football at the end of the
1997–98, which he spent in Division one with Millwall, he worked for the Professional Footballers' Association. [7 ]
Career statistics [ edit ]
Honours [ edit ]
West Ham United
References [ edit ]
^ "Paul Allen". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown . Retrieved . 21 October 2009
^ Courtney, Barrie (10 January 2004). "England – U-21 International Results 1976–1985 – Details". RSSSF . Retrieved . 21 October 2009
^ Moore, Glenn (2 January 2009). "Curtis Weston: History man or just a footballing footnote?". The Independent . Retrieved . 21 October 2009
^ "Paul Allen". Sporting Heroes . Retrieved . 11 May 2013
^ Smith, Dave (10 December 2002). "PAUL ALLEN: Still remembered for the cup final goal he didn't score!". Professional Footballers' Association . Retrieved . 21 October 2009
^ "Football photographic encyclopedia, footballer, world cup, champions league, football championship, olympic games & hero images by sporting-heroes.net". sporting-heroes.net.
^ Struthers, Greg (27 March 2005). "Caught in Time: West Ham win the FA Cup, 1980". The Sunday Times . Retrieved . 21 October 2009
External links [ edit ]
The Allen family tree
Family tree of the Allen family
football players. All family members listed, except Ron, have played professional football.