clive allen - fact file

1984 - 1988            forward

2004 -  2011            coach



Born on 20th May 1961 in Stepney, London, England.

Position :  Forward

Height :  .m  (5' 10")

Weight :   kg (12st 3lbs)

A much travelled striker, but one who always scored goals wherever he played, came home to White Hart Lane in 1984, when he signed for his Dad Les' old club.

Had an interesting early career, including a 1.25 million transfer to Arsenal from QPR, becoming the youngest million pound player in the process and then leaving for Crystal Palace, in an exchange deal for Kenny Samson without even playing a first team match for the Gooners.  It was not a happy season at Selhurst Park for Clive, who returned to Loftus Road in the following summer.

His return to Rangers coincided with a revival in his goal-scoring habits and he shot them to the FA Cup Final of 1982, where his team succumbed after a replay to Tottenham Hotspur.  Unfortunately for Clive, who scored the goal to take QPR to Wembley, he only lasted 10 minutes of the first match, as he left the play with an injured ankle and took no further part in that game nor the replay. 

His form won him a place on England's close season tour to South America in 1984 and when he returned, he found himself a wanted man. 

Coming in from Queens Park Rangers, Clive settled immediately and like his Dad began knocking the goals in for the Lilywhites.  Two goals on his debut in a 4-1 win against FA Cup Winners Everton at Goodison Park saw him set to become a big favourite with the fans, even though he sustained a groin injury in December 1984.  He was out of the team for nearly 12 months, but on his return, finished the 1985-86 season strongly and this was an indication of what was to come.

In the following season, he opened his account with three goals at Aston Villa on the first day of the season and when David Pleat was hit by injury at Oxford United, he resorted to playing Clive up front with a five man midfield (by now including his cousin Paul) behind him.  For a player who was an artist at playing with his back to goal, it was perfect for Allen.  He went on to have a golden goalscoring season, netting 49 goals in 54 games.  Unfortunately, he played in a season to remember for the goals he scored, but one to forget for the lack of success in terms of silverware, with a defeat in the FA Cup Final being a great disappointment, after his near post header had given Tottenham a second minute lead. 

His efforts won him both PFA and Sports Writers Footballer of the Year awards, but after that, the ace goalscorer never reached such totals again.  His Spurs playing career ended when he was allowed to join Bordeaux in France, which was an experience of playing on the continent that he had always wanted. 

After a while in France, he returned to England and moved around clubs, playing for Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham United and Millwall.  He even ventured outside London for a short spell with Carlisle United and stepped outside of the game to play American Football for London Monarchs as a place-kicker in 1997.

Having retired from football and looking for a way back into the game, Clive was appointed as Development Squad coach in summer 2004, taking the Reserve team to the Premier Reserve League South title in 2005-06, but losing out to Manchester United in the play-off with the Northern winners.  Clive's task was to bring players up to the level of the senior side, so that they can integrate into the first team squad when called upon and he has helped many young players under his charge.

Progressed to be first team coach under Harry Redknapp, but when the manager was sacked, Clive was dismissed as part of his back-room staff in 2011.

Clive's son Ollie was at Spurs as a junior.



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Queens Park Rangers ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Arsenal June 1980 1,250,000 - 0 0
Crystal Palace August 1980 ?? ??  ?? ??
Queens Park Rangers July 1981 ?? ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR August 1984 700,000 25th August 1984 v Everton (Division 1) (Away)  Won 4-1 ?? ??
Bordeaux (France) March 1988 1,000,000 ??  ?? ??
Manchester City 1989 ?? ??  ?? ??
Chelsea 1991 ?? ??  ?? ??
West Ham United 1992 ?? ??  ?? ??
Millwall 1994 ?? ??  ?? ??
Carlisle United 1995 ?? ??  ?? ??

England international
5 full caps (4 starts + 1 as a sub);  0 goals 
Under-21 - ?? caps; ?? goals
FA Cup Runners-up medal 1982 (QPR), 1987 (THFC)

Scored 44 goals in London derbies for Spurs (21), QPR (19), Chelsea (2), West Ham United (1) and Crystal Palace (1).


January 2007

Said the greatest goal he scored was the one against Coventry City in the 1987 FA Cup Final for Tottenham.
Denis Law and Jimmy Greaves were his childhood heroes.
Enjoyed playing up front most with Paul Goddard at QPR and West ham United and with Mark Falco at Tottenham.
Would love Spurs to play Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final second leg if he could chose any current opponent for Tottenham.
Watches over 100 games each season.
His time spent playing for Bordeaux has helped him appreciate what young players coming to Tottenham are going through in terms of relocating to a foreign country and trying to settle in.
Thought video technology should be introduced (and had done for 10 years !).

Hero Denis Law

Used to watch Law on TV as a youngster on Match of the Day and the Big Match, enjoying the way he played and that he loved scoring goals.  He scored all sorts of goals a great goalscorer and a great character.  Played with him in the same side when Clive was about 13 or 14, in a match to celebrate the opening of the first astroturf pitch on Hackney Marshes.  Clive's Dad Les was in an ex-pros side, but they were a couple of players short, leaving them to find players and Clive just happened to have his boots, meaning he lined up in the front line with Denis

[THFC programme  01.10.2010]




Season League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup Others
1984-85 - (- goals) - - - -
1985-86 - - - - -
1986-87 - - - - -
1987-88 - - - - -
- - - - - -
Total 97 + 8 as a sub (60 goals) 11 + 1 as a sub (9 goals) 13 + 1 as a sub (13 goals) 3 + 1 as a sub (2 goals) 32 + 6 as a sub (29 goals)



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