Paul Allen, PFA Executive
Paul Allen - Executive
Paul made his debut for West Ham United just 32 days after his 17th birthday. His appearance for West Ham against Arsenal in the1980 FA Cup Final made him the youngest player to appear in the final at Wembley Stadium. Paul made 152 league appearances for the east London club and whilst at the Hammers he went on to collect a Second Division title medal and helped re-establish them as a top flight side.
In June 1985 he secured a move to White Hart Lane with Tottenham paying a £400,000 transfer fee for his services. He appeared in a further two FA Cup finals for Tottenham Hotspur, on the losing side in 1987 but victorious in 1991. Over an eight year period with Spurs, he played 297 league games and scored 23 goals. He was voted player of the year for the 1992-93 season (his final full season at White Hart Lane).
In the 1993/1994 campaign a half a million pound deal took him to fellow Premier League club Southampton, making 43 appearances for the club. Before his retirement Paul played for Stoke City, Bristol City and finally Millwall.
After hanging up his boots, Paul joined the PFA as a full time Executive in 2001 initially working on the PA Sport Football live project, The Masters of Britain seven-a-side Football series, and the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens Tournament all co-ordinated from the commercial offices in London.
Paul currently works in the Delegate Liaison Department and co-ordinates with delegates at the clubs ensuring that members are aware of the support, guidance and unique benefits that the PFA can provide. In addition he also represents the Premier league on the Professional Game Match Officials project as a Match Delegate.