Kenny Allen (footballer)

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Kenny Allen
Personal information
Full nameKenneth Richard Allen
Date of birth (1948-01-12) 12 January 1948 (age 71)
Place of birth Thornaby-on-Tees, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Tow Law Town
1968 Hartlepool 7 (0)
1968–1972 Hellenic
1972 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
1972–1973 Workington
1973–1978 Bath City
1978–1983 Bournemouth 152 (0)
1983 Bury 0 (0)
1983 Peterborough United 0 (0)
1983–1984 Halmstads BK 13 (0)
1984–1985 Torquay United 58 (0)
1985–1986 Swindon Town 45 (0)
1986–1988 Torquay United 74 (0)
1988–1989 Bath City 9 (0)
1989 Newport County
1989 Torquay United 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kenneth Richard Allen (born 12 January 1948) is an English retired professional football goalkeeper.

Kenny Allen began his career as an amateur with Hartlepool, who he joined in August 1968 from non-league Tow Law Town, a side later to produce Chris Waddle. He played only 7 league games for Hartlepool, before leaving, turning up next at South African side Hellenic. In December 1972 he returned to England, signing for West Bromwich Albion, but left without appearing in their league side.

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He had a spell with Workington before joining Bath City in July 1973. [1] He made nearly 300 appearances for Bath over the next five years.

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In August 1978, Allen joined Bournemouth, where he was to make 152 league appearances. In 1983, he signed for Bury on non-contract terms, but failed to make the first team, and in December 1983 he joined Peterborough United, playing only once in the Associate Members' Cup at home to Wrexham. Peterborough proved to be an unhappy place for Allen a couple years later when, as a Torquay player, he was attacked on the pitch by Peterborough 'fans'.

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From Peterborough, he moved to Sweden, playing for Halmstads BK [2] , before joining Torquay United on a free transfer in March 1984, taking over from John Turner as first choice goalkeeper, making his début in a 2–1 defeat away to Hartlepool United on 17 March.

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In September 1985, he left Plainmoor to join Swindon Town again on a free transfer. He played 40 league games the following season as Swindon won the Fourth Division title, but early the following season he lost his place to Fraser Digby, only playing a further 5 league games, before being transferred back to Torquay in December 1986 as a replacement for John Smeulders.

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By now his grey hair and moustache made him instantly recognisable and he helped Torquay to remain in league football, playing in the first great escape when Torquay drew 2–2 with Crewe Alexandra at Plainmoor thanks to a late equaliser from Paul Dobson and help from the police dog Bryn biting Jim McNichol ensuring that injury time would be required. The following season, he was an ever-present as Cyril Knowles' side made the play-offs, but was released in the summer, joining Bath City in July 1988. [1] He began the season as a regular, but after only nine games, broke his leg while conceding a penalty against Dorchester Town. He regained his fitness, but was released in February 1989. [1]

He moved on to recently relegated Newport County, but as Newport folded and failed to complete their Conference season, he returned to Torquay for a third time in April 1989 to cover for the injured Ken Veysey and played at Wembley in the final of the Sherpa Van Trophy Final as Torquay's only other professional keeper Mark Coombe was cup-tied. He retired from football in June 1989 to work for the Post Office.

In May 2001, the Torquay Herald Express reported that Allen was living in Paignton, captaining Chudleigh cricket team and working as an ambulance driver for the South & West Devon Health Authority

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  1. 1 2 3 "Past Players – A". Bath City F.C. Retrieved 5 February 2009.