LEAGUE FA CUP TOTAL Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals 1926-1927 5 0 0 0 5 0 1927-1928 17 9 0 0 17 9 1928-1929 35 33 2 2 37 35 1929-1930 41 33 6 6 47 39 1930-1931 6 1 2 1 8 2 Total 104 76 10 9 114 85
Joining the Owls from Brentford as an inside-forward in March 1927, he had a fairly average spell prior to his conversion to centre-forward although he scored several vital goals in the famous Great Escape run of 1927-28.. At the time, however, he was in and out of the side, and the turning point in his career came in October 1928. With Trotter and Harper both injured, Allen led the attack for the first time at Portsmouth. He scored once. But a week later he hit three against Birmingham and followed that with four at Bury. In his first 14 games in his new role he claimed 22 goals, and finished the season with 33 plus two in the Cup.
In the following term his haul was 39. Although he managed 85 goals in 114 games with the Owls, Allen fell out of favour suddenly and unexpectedly after the arrival of Jack Ball, and in 1931 moved to Newcastle. In his first term with United he helped them win the FA Cup, scoring the goal from the famous over the line cross in the 1932 defeat of Arsenal.
No doubt that success made up for the disappointment he had suffered in the 1930 semi-final when Wednesday lost to Huddersfield. Allen later played with Bristol Rovers and Gateshead. He died at the age of 55 in 1957.
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