Russell Allen (footballer)

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Russell Allen
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-01-09) 9 January 1954 (age 62)
Place of birth Smethwick, England
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1973 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
1973–1978 Tranmere Rovers 156 (44)
1975 Chicago Sting (loan)[1] 16 (4)
1978–1981 Mansfield Town 116 (18)
Boston United
Total 286 (66)

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

† Appearances (goals)

Russell Allen (born 9 January 1954) is an English former footballer who played as a forward for West Bromwich Albion, Tranmere Rovers, Mansfield Town, and Boston United.[2]

He was the son of England international striker Ronnie Allen.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Allen, a former Arsenal apprentice, turned professional at West Bromwich Albion in 1971. He never played a First Division game for Don Howe's side, and was allowed to join Third Division side Tranmere Rovers in 1973, then managed by Ron Yeats. Rovers were relegated in 1974–75, but promoted straight out of the Fourth Division in 1975–76, under the stewardship of John King. Allen played 156 games for Tranmere, scoring 44 goals. He also played for Chicago Sting in the NASL.

Allen joined Mansfield Town in 1978, who had suffered relegation out of the Second Division in 1977–78. Narrowly avoiding the drop in 1978–79, the "Stags" finished four points short of safety in 1979–80, and Allen left the club after spending 1980–81 in the fourth tier. He played a total of 134 games for the club, scoring 21 goals. He moved on to Boston United of the Alliance Premier League.

Honours[edit]

with Tranmere Rovers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NASL bio". NASL Jerseys. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Russell Allen". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ronnie Allen". englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 14 November 2011.