Allen, Les

Les Allen

Les Allen

Clubs played for: Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, QPR. (1956-1968)

Born: 1937

Birthplace: Dagenham

Position: Inside-forward

Biography: Was an apprentice at Ford's motor plant in Dagenham when he signed for Chelsea as an amateur in September 1954. A centre forward with an eye for goal, he scored 11 goals in 44 appearances for the club but was struggled to make a first team impact. Spurs boss Bill Nicholson swapped him for former England international Johnny Brooks, in what turned out to be a shrewd move. Managed QPR, Swindon and in Greece before going back into the motor industry Then worked as a professional model maker from his home in Hornchurch. He now splits his time between Essex and the village of Souni near Limasol in Cyprus. His sons Clive and Bradley, brother Dennis, nephews Martin and Paul and Grandson Oliver have all played professionally.

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Allen, Les If Les gets to read this, I went to the same junior school, Valence, I scraped into the team, and we won the 1948/49 league shield with Les playing, My request? would you have the team photo, if so, could you please send me a copy? I found the certificate. Les lived in Bonham Rd Dagenham, practically opposite Ken Brown, West ham captain, and Terry Venables, (who was he) There was another professional who lived opposite the school, I recall his name as Dave Coney, I think he played for Brentford. I lived further down. but two doors away lived Wally (Dick) Walker, a previous West Ham captain He used to lean on his gate and watch, as we played between the drain holes, (goal posts), I think it was their end of the street played ours. We sometimes played with a wad of bread and Jam in one hand, no time for tea
Ten trees Valence Park, another of our "pitches" fabulous times
Keep well
15-11-20 Brian Loftus

Allen, Les I would love a couple of Football books signed for my son. But cannot send them through the post. Yours David Brookes.

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