25 January 2012

Sam Allen

Name: Samuel Allen
Born:
Height:
Weight:
Position: Left-Half

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Amateur Cap (1938).
Club Honours: (with Crusaders) Steel & Sons Cup Winner 1936/37.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
Other
10th Old Boys
-
-
-
Crusaders
36/37
1936
-
(Intermediate League)
Ards
37/38
1937
Amateur
/0
-
Cliftonville
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1938
Amateur
-
-
TOTALS
£-
-
-


Biography:
"Allen knows all there is to know about the half-back job. He is a good defensive player, a speedy and confident tackler, and a very difficult player to get the better of in a battle of wits. He makes good use of the ball and parts to the best advantage. The men in front can always rely on his backing in a difficulty."
-Ireland's  Saturday Night (1938)


A product of Boys' Brigade football, in his juvenile days Sam Allen was connected with the 10th Old Boys.  His consistency and apparent talent saw him sign for Crusaders, then one of the leading intermediate sides. While at Seaview, Allen claimed a Steel Cup winner's medal as Glentoran Seconds were defeated in the final at Celtic Park.

Having proved himself in the Intermediate League, Allen had little to learn when he stepped up to senior football for the 1937/38 season with Ards. In his first season as an Irish League player he was selected for Amateur Ireland, and was noted as one of the successes as the side earned a 1-1 draw with England.

Allen moved on to Cliftonville in 1938.

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
19-02-1938 England A D 1-1 

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0.

With thanks to Jim Murphy.

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