Clive Allen was one of the finest goalscorers of his generation, but arguably his biggest battle has been to prove himself the best in his own family.
The son of legendary Spurs double-winning forward, Les Allen, elder brother of QPR forward, Bradley, cousin and teammate of Paul Allen, and nephew of Dennis Allen, Clive was born into a family of footballing aristocracy.
His remarkable 49-goal haul for Tottenham in the 1986/87 season still stands as a club record which earned him the rare dual honour of Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year in addition to the First Division Golden Boot.
That stunning achievement was the climax of a career which began as a prodigy at Queens Park Rangers – where he was the highest league scorer in England’s four divisions at the age of 18 – before becoming English football’s first million-pound teenager when signing for Arsenal in 1980.
Yet, in one of the most mysterious transfers of modern times, Clive was sold to Crystal Palace without playing a game and went on to represent eight more clubs, including a year in France with Bordeaux, before a brief stint as an NFL kicker for the London Monarchs.
Later, he was assistant manager at Harry Redknapp’s resurgent Tottenham team, and twice served as caretaker manager at White Hart Lane.
Now one of football’s most respected broadcast experts, Allen has for the first time decided to tell his life story in full. Frank, funny and forthright, he takes you inside the dressing room and onto the pitch and tells what it is like to have lived a life in the glare of a game he has devoted his life to.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Clive Allen was born in London in 1961 into a family of footballers. An England international, he won the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year in 1987 after a remarkable season in which he scored 49 goals for Spurs. Clive also had spells at QPR, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Bordeaux, Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham, Millwall and Carlisle.
James Olley, who collaborated with Clive Allen on this book, is a journalist, biographer and columnist with more than a decade’s experience reporting on the biggest events in football for the London Evening Standard. He is a regular contributor for the BBC, Sky Sports and talkSPORT. He is a two-time Sports Journalists’ Association award winner and a winner of the Society of Editors sports news ‘Scoop of the Year’.
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