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RONNIE ALLEN STORY.

BORN: Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, January 1929

CAREER: Hanley High School. Bucknall Boys' Brigade. Wellington Scouts. Northwood Mission. Port Vale (1944). RAF. ALBION (March 1950-May 1961). Crystal Palace (pounds 4,500). Wolves (coach, later manager). Athletic Bilbao (manager). Sporting Lisbon (manager). Walsall (manager). ALBION (January 1977 as scouting adviser, then manager June 1977-December 1977) Panathinaikos, (Greece). ALBION (manager, July 1981-May1982, then general manager until 1983). Later coach at The Hawthorns 1991-3.

ALBION DEBUT: v Wolves (home) Division One, March 4, 1950.

THE complete footballer and kingpin of Albion's wonderful attack in the 1950s. Ronnie Allen filled every forward position for the club, with centre forward undoubtedly his favourite.

A powerful shot in each foot, he was a superb volleyer of the ball and an ace penalty-taker.

He amassed five England caps (1952-4) and represented the Football League, the England B team, the FA XI and the RAF.

Allen gained an FA Cup winners' medal in 1954 and in 1967 he led Wolves back into the First Division.

Two years later he was with Bilbao when they won the Spanish Cup.

For Albion, Allen appeared in 415 league games and scored 208 goals - a club record which stood until Tony Brown passed it in 1978.

He played in 42 FA Cup ties (23 goals) and hit a hat-trick in the 1954 FA Charity Shield against Wolves.

In total, Allen managed 637 league appearances (276 goals) and in all matches he played over 800 times scoring 354 goals.

He was the First Division's leading marksman in 1954/5 with 27 goals.
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Title Annotation:Football
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 17, 2001
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