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Joe McAllen

Name: Joseph Croft McAllen
Born: Belfast

Position: Outside/Inside-Left

Representative Honours: Ireland: 9 Full Caps / 2 Goals (1898-1902); Irish League: 8 Caps / 2 Goals (1895-1901).
Club Honours: (with Linfield) Irish League Champion; Irish Cup Winner 1893/94, 1894/95, 1898/99, 1901/02; City Cup Winner.

Club Career:
FA Cup

A prolific goalscorer from outside-left, Joe McAllen emerged at Linfield in the mid-1890s. He was the League’s equal top-scorer in 1895 when Linfield claimed the title, and added three more as Bohemians were defeated 10-1 in the Irish Cup Final. He also scored in the previous year’s Final when Distillery were defeated after a replay. So devoted to Linfield was he that he once left work without permission to play in an Irish Cup replay against Cliftonville – when his absence was discovered he was sacked!

McAllen represented the Irish League on eight occasions, his most notable feat in inter-league action being a brace in a 3-1 win over the Scottish League at Solitude in 1899. The only other ‘result’ he achieved in Irish League colours was a 2-2 draw with the Football League in Stoke in 1895, the first time the Irish League had avoided defeated by their English counterparts.

Capped nine times for Ireland, McAllen marked his debut with a goal against England as the Irish attempted a late comeback at Solitude – the required goal failed to come and the game ended in a 3-2 defeat. A year later he was awarded the Irish captaincy for the match against England in Sunderland. Again he found the net, this time to make the score 1-11 with the English eventually cruising to a 13-2 win. McAllen again led the team for a visit by Wales a month later as a satisfactory 1-0 home win was attained. He remained a regular in the Ireland line-up until 1902, though he never again finished on a winning (or even drawing) side.

Ireland Cap Details:
05-03-1898 England. H L 2- 3 BC 1 Goal
18-02-1899 England. A L 2-13 BC 1 Goal
04-03-1899 Wales... H W 1- 0 BC
25-03-1899 Scotland A L 1- 9 BC
24-02-1900 Wales... A L 0- 2 BC
03-03-1900 Scotland H L 0- 3 BC
17-03-1900 England. H L 0- 2 BC
23-03-1901 Wales... H L 0- 1 BC
01-03-1902 Scotland H L 1- 3 BC

Summary: 9/2. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 8.