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Joe Allen
Personal information
Full name Joseph Michael Allen [1]
Date of birth 14 March 1990 (1990-03-14) (age 19)
Place of birth    Carmarthen, Wales
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder/Winger
Club information
Current club Swansea City
Number 24
Youth career
1999-2007 Swansea City
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Swansea City
Wrexham (loan)
34 (1)
02 (1)   
National team2
Wales U17
Wales U19
Wales U21
10 (1)
04 (0)
12 (2)
02 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 12:55, 5 April 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 17:00, 18 November 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Joseph Michael "Joe" Allen (born 14 March 1990 in Carmarthen) is a Welsh international footballer, currently playing for Football League Championship side Swansea City.


Club career

Allen has been a part of the Swansea City youth set up since he was 9 years old. As a first year scholar in the youth team in the 2006/2007 season, he featured as an unused substitute for the first team due to injury problems in a 3-0 away win over then Premiership side Sheffield United in the 3rd round of the FA Cup at Bramall Lane.[2] Just two weeks later, and still only 16 years old at the time, he was given his debut by starting in the FAW Premier Cup away tie to local Welsh Premier League side Port Talbot Town by then Swansea manager Kenny Jackett but only played the first half as they went on to lose 2-1 in extra time.[3] He made his league debut for Swansea as a substitute in the 6-3 defeat to Blackpool on the final day of the Football League One season as they missed out on a play off place under new manager and former Swans captain Roberto Martínez.[4]

The following pre-season Allen played in numerous games for the club. As the 2007/2008 season got underway he started in the first round of the Carling Cup game in a 2-0 home win over Walsall receiving man of the match award in the process and assisting the first goal with a left footed chipped cross to scorer of the first goal Paul Anderson. He was awarded his first professional contract by Roberto Martínez keeping him at the club until 2010.[5] He then started in the next round of the Carling Cup at home to Reading again receiving a man of the match award but the Swans lost 1-0 in extra time.[6] He was handed his first start in the league in a 2-1 home win over Carlisle United. He made a number of appearances in both League and cup competitions for the rest of the season and was eligible for a medal for the Swans League One title winning season.

The following season in Swansea's first season in the Football League Championship, Allen struggled to get into the first team due to the competition of midfielders Darren Pratley, Ferrie Bodde, Owain Tudur Jones, Jordi Gomez and Leon Britton. On 7 October 2008 Allen joined Wrexham on a one-month loan deal,[7] scoring a 25 yard goal on his debut for the club during a 3-1 win over York City.[8] He made a handful of appearances for the club but his loan spell was cut short just before it was set to end when he damaged ankle ligaments, keeping him out for a month.[9] He returned from the injury in December going back into the Swansea squad at home to Barnsley as regular midfielder Ferrie Bodde was ruled out for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage.[10] With the Swans 2-0 down playing terribly prompted manager Roberto Martinez brought Allen on from the bench.[11] The Swans went on to earn a late 2-2 draw thanks to two goals from Jason Scotland and, despite only playing 25 minutes, Allen received the man of the match award for his performance. From then on he finally broke into the first team with his consistent performances and at 18 years of age was ahead of the more experienced Owain Tudor Jones.

On 5 April, 2009 Allen came on as a substitute to score his first goal for Swansea City in a South Wales derby during a 2-2 draw with away at Cardiff City.[12] At the end of the season he signed a new three-year contract keeping him at the club until 2012.[13] However this did not prevent him having his credit card declined twice and the Boots store in Swansea's Quadrant Shopping Centre. To further Joe's embarrassment he also get's stopped frequently and is mistaken for the actor Adrien Brody ( Best known for his performance in 'The Pianist'). He is also a young boy and occassionally asked whether he is 16 or over.

International career

Not long after receiving his first professional contract for Swansea City he was called up for Wales U21 squad in a friendly away to Sweden on 21 August 2007. He came on as a substitute to score the winner in a 4-3 win on his debut.[14] Despite playing in the centre of midfield for his club, he has played more on the right wing for his country as Aaron Ramsey and Jack Collison were usually the preferred centre pairing.

Allen made his debut for the senior Wales international team as a substitute for Collison during a friendly against Estonia on 29 May 2009.[15] He was called up for the 14 November friendly against Scotland to be played in the newly opened Cardiff City Stadium. As he came on to substitute Ramsey in the second half, he was met with jeers from a section of the partisan local crowd as he was from Swansea, Cardiff's derby rivals. He later played down the incident saying that he had expected it and was not bothered by the reception.[16]

Career Statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Total
2007-08 Swansea City League One 6 0 3 0 2 0 11 0
2008-09 Championship 23 1 2 0 1 0 26 1
2008-09 Wrexham Conference 2 1 - - 2 1
2009-10 Swansea City Championship 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total England 37 2 5 0 3 0 46 2
Career Total 37 2 5 0 3 0 46 2


  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Retrieved 2009-06-16.  
  2. ^ "Sheff Utd 0-3 Swansea". BBC Sport. 2007-01-06. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  3. ^ "Port Talbot 2-1 Swansea (aet)". BBC Sport. 2007-01-15. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  4. ^ "Swansea 3-6 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 2007-05-05. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  5. ^ "Swans reward Allen with new deal". BBC Sport. 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  6. ^ "Swansea City's teenage star Joe Allen tipped for top by Ferrie Bodde". Western Mail. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  7. ^ "Swan Allen joins Wrexham on loan". BBC Sport. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  8. ^ "Wrexham 3-1 York". BBC Sport. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  9. ^ "Joe likely to be out for several weeks". 2008-10-22.,,10311~1429114,00.html. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  10. ^ "Allen is premier quality - Bodde". BBC Sport. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  11. ^ "Swansea 2-2 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  12. ^ "Cardiff 2-2 Swansea". BBC Sport. 2009-04-05. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  13. ^ "Allen signs new Swansea contract". BBC Sport. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2009-06-26.  
  14. ^ "Sweden U21 3-4 Wales U21". BBC Sport. 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  15. ^ "Wales 1-0 Estonia". BBC Sport. 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2009-06-20.  
  16. ^ "Cardiff boos didn't affect me at all, says patriotic Allen". South Wales Evening Post. 16 November 2009.  

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