Wayne Allison

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Wayne Allison
Personal information
Full name Wayne Anthony Allison
Date of birth (1968-10-16) 16 October 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Huddersfield, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Bradford City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1989 Halifax Town 84 (23)
1989–1990 Watford 7 (0)
1990–1995 Bristol City 195 (48)
1995–1997 Swindon Town 103 (31)
1997–1999 Huddersfield Town 74 (17)
1999–2002 Tranmere Rovers 102 (26)
2002–2004 Sheffield United 73 (7)
2004–2008 Chesterfield 115 (23)
2008 Chester City 0 (0)
Total 752 (173)
Teams managed
2008 Chester City (caretaker)
2017- Cardiff Met
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:07, 12 November 2008 (UTC).

Wayne Anthony Allison (born 16 October 1968 in Huddersfield[1]) is an English former footballer and coach. In a career spanning over 20 years; he has previously played for eight clubs and scored more than 200 goals. He is a centre forward and is nicknamed the "Chief".[2] He works for Bradford City on the coaching staff.

Playing career[edit]

As a child Allison played for home town club Westend Juniors and was the first player from the club to turn professional.[citation needed] His first team was Halifax Town, whom he joined as trainee in August 1986, playing first games before signing a professional contract in July 1987.[3] In two seasons with Halifax he scored 23 league goals in 84 games.[1]

Allison joined Watford for £250,000 in July 1989, one of three players signed by Steve Harrison from Halifax during his tenure.[3] At Watford he made only 7 appearances, scoring no goals. In July 1990 Watford signed Mark Gavin from Bristol City for a fee for £250,000 and Allison, who was valued at £150,000.[3] He was more successful in Bristol, netting 57 goals in 225 games over a five-year spell at the club.

Swindon Town manager Steve McMahon signed Allison in 1995 for a fee set by tribunal of £475,000.[2] A roaming player for the club, Allison's ability to hold the ball up whilst others advanced in support and also help in defence earned him the inclusion in Swindon Town Football Club 100 Greats.[2] He left Swindon for Huddersfield Town, his home town team, for the highest transfer fee of his career, £800,000. However he moved again in September 1999 to Tranmere Rovers for £300,000. During his three-year stay at Tranmere he netted 32 goals in 117 appearances.

In July 2002 Allison moved on a free transfer to Sheffield United. Although he had been offered a better deal at Third Division side Boston, he opted for the challenge of gaining promotion for the First Division club.[citation needed] He was a regular in a side that reached season both domestic cup semi finals in the 2002–03 season. He started in both the FA Cup semi final against Arsenal and in both legs of the League Cup against Liverpool. He made the last transfer of his career to Chesterfield on 25 June 2004 on a free transfer.

Coaching and Management[edit]

On 25 February 2008, Allison left Chesterfield due to limited playing options as well as lack of support from the board for his application as assistant manager.[citation needed] After completing both his UEFA 'A' and 'B' licences Allison also passed his Certificate of Applied Management in the summer of 2008 before starting the first year of his pro licence in June.

In August 2008, Allison began helping manager Simon Davies at Chester City and he was confirmed as assistant manager early the following month.[4] On 15 October 2008, the day before his 40th birthday, it was announced Allison had agreed playing terms with the club.[5] Despite being named as substitute on three occasions, he did not make any appearances for City.

After Davies was sacked on 10 November 2008, Allison became Chester's caretaker manager but he informed the club he would not be applying for the position on a permanent basis.[6] Before the club played its next match against Morecambe, Chester had reappointed Mark Wright as manager. Allison was involved in leading the team on the day but then announced he was leaving the club despite being offered the chance to remain.[7] He later had a brief spell on the coaching staff at Bury before leaving in January 2009.[8]

He was appointed as a coach by Tranmere Rovers in October 2009,[9] before moving to Bradford City in July 2011.[10]

In 2010 Allison completed a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University studying the effects of high-intensity exercise on decision-making in soccer.[11]

It was announced in early 2017 that Allison would replace Christian Edwards as the first team coach of Welsh Premier League side Cardiff Metropolitan University F.C..[12]


  1. ^ a b Football League Career Stats at Neil Brown
  2. ^ a b c Mattick, Dick (2002). "Wayne Allison". Swindon Town Football Club 100 Greats. Tempus Publishing. p. 10. ISBN 0-7524-2714-8. 
  3. ^ a b c Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. Surrey: T.G Jones. p. 23. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1. 
  4. ^ "Chester's Mozika attracts interest". Chester Evening Leader. 9 September 2008. Archived from the original on 22 October 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "Wayne Allison comes out of retirement for Chester City". Chester Chronicle. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Allison does not want an extended tenure at Chester". Liverpool Daily Post. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 12 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Wayne Allison: I've Left Chester". My Sports Thoughts. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Allison leaves Shakers position". BBC Sport. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2008. 
  9. ^ http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/tranmere-rovers/tranmere-rovers-news/2009/11/16/les-parry-confident-as-tranmere-rovers-continue-to-improve-100252-25175817/
  10. ^ Wayne Allison signs for Bantams
  11. ^ "The 'Chief' becomes a Doctor | Media | Sheffield Hallam University". www4.shu.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-13. 
  12. ^ Coleman, Tom (2017-04-13). "Cardiff Met: the student football team with sights set on the Europa League". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-04-13. 

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