rory allen - fact file

1996 - 1999            forward


Born on 17th October 1977 in Beckenham, Kent, England.

Height : - .m (5' 11")

Weight : -  - kgs (11st 10lb)


A slight, but determined goal-scorer, Rory Allen was a talented player who had an enigmatic end to his football career.

Came through the Spurs ranks, starting as a 14 year old, signing professional as a 17 year old and played for England at youth levels, but the striker broke his leg in a South East Counties game a 3-0 win over Gillingham on Saturday 15th October 1994.  On his recovery from that injury, he progressed through the ranks to the first team, but he only started to blossom when he went on loan to Luton Town and his goals helped keep the club safe from relegation.  The Hatters were keen to keep Rory, but could not afford the transfer fee to make his move permanent.

With some big forward signings, Rory's appearances were going to be limited, so when Spurs received a bid of 1,000,000 for him in the summer of 1999 from Portsmouth they took it, despite originally wanting 500,000 more.  Allen became Portsmouth's first 1 million player.

Allen played for Portsmouth until November 2002, when he decided to retire at the age of 25.  Rory had suffered two broken legs and undergone eight operations to his ankles and knees and did not want to put himself through any more surgery.  Walking out of Fratton Park with only a letter of resignation informing the club of his retirement after he failed to show up for training, Allen went off to watch the 2002-03 Ashes in Australia.  In doing so, he forfeited the remaining eight months of his 3,000 a week contract.

Weymouth player-manager Steve Claridge tells a story that a man claiming to be Rory Allen contacted him in 2004 to arrange a trial and failed to turn up, but the player himself denies wanting to return to football.  Spent time travelling and enjoying himself before settling into a new career as a civil servant with the Foreign Office.



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1st August 1994 - 4th September 1996 v Wimbledon  (away)  lost 0-1  (as a sub) 14 + 13 as a sub 4
Luton Town 26th March 1998 Loan ??  9 7
Portsmouth 15th July 1999 1,000,000 ??  10 + 6 as a sub 3

Career Record
21 League appearances; 2 goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
- European appearances; ?? goals
Luton Town
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
European appearances; ?? goals

- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals


England international
0 full caps;  0 goals
Under-21  3 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---
FA Youth Cup runners-up medal 1995 (THFC)


February 2000

Rory Allen went on an all-day drinking binge with Portsmouth goalkeeper, the late Aaron Flahavan and they were arrested at TGI Fridays, near Fareham, Hampshire.
On being charged with being drunk and disorderly, they were ordered to pay fines of 800 for swearing at police.
In Court it was reported that they had drunk 25 pints, plus spirits, between them after a attending a club team-building function.
Portsmouth added to their misery after fining them both two weeks wages.

Summer 2000

Allen was fined 6,000 (two weeks wages) by manager Steve Claridge for a series of drinking bouts which were outside the curfew hours set by the new boss.


What they said about Rory Allen
Alan Ball (Portsmouth manager) after Allen retired ...  16.11.2002 (The Times)

"He was a young boy with lots of potential, a super lad who was good in training and wide-eyed about football.

It was a sad day when I heard what he had done.  He wanted to be a really good player.  He had the look.  When he was injured it was a cruel blow but he was far too brave for his own good.  It is hard enough staying 100% fit as a professional footballer but just imagine how it was for him with horrible injuries like that.  It is all too easy to forget how ordinary people feel when they injure themselves - it really brings you down.

I saw him not long ago and he was hoping and praying that he could get better.  He was still living the dream."

Paddy Thomas (Chairman of Portsmouth supporters club) of a supporters meeting ...  16.22.2002 (The Times)

"He was very down at the time.  He came over as someone who had been very depressed and I thought he had begun to think he would never play again.  It's a real shame. 

The meeting seemed to cheer him up though, he thought that he was going to be given a rough ride by the supporters, but they were very sympathetic."

Harry Redknapp (Portsmouth manager) on the drunken disorderly charge ...  .02.2000 (The Times)

"(There) could be real problems ahead for the lad if he doesn't get fit and get some matches under his belt."

Keith Waldron (Portsmouth assistant manager) on Allen's injuries ...  16.11.2002 (The Times)

"When I heard that he had been done for drinking my thought was that was not the behaviour of the boy I remember.  He's not a bad lad, in fact, he's very intelligent.  I don't think he should give up just yet.  He needs the right kind of handling.  I would work on his confidence, set him little goals and when he achieved one then try him with another and then so on."

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What Rory Allen said about ...
... leaving the game ...  ??.??.???? (??)

"I miss the dressing-room camaraderie sometimes, but not the football.  I have never thought about getting back into it. I much prefer playing cricket in the summer and being lazy in the winter !"

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Season League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
1996-97 12 (12 goals) - - -
1997-98 4 (0 goals) - - -
1998-99 5 (0 goals) - - -
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