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Paul Allen
Personal information
Full name Paul Kevin Allen
Date of birth 28 August 1962 (1962-08-28) (age 47)
Place of birth Aveley, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1985 West Ham United 152 (6)
1985–1993 Tottenham Hotspur 292 (23)
1993–1995 Southampton 43 (1)
1994 Luton Town (loan) 4 (0)
1995 Stoke City (loan) 17 (1)
1995–1997 Swindon Town 37 (1)
1997 Bristol City 14 (0)
1997–1998 Millwall 28 (0)
Total 587 (32)
National team
1985 England U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Kevin Allen (born 28 August 1962 in Aveley, Thurrock, Essex) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder in the Football League for West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Luton Town, Stoke City, Swindon Town, Bristol City and Millwall in the 1980s and 1990s.[1] He won three caps for England at under-21 level.[2]

At 17 years and 256 days old, Allen's appearance for West Ham United against Arsenal in the 1980 FA Cup Final made him the youngest player to appear in an FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, though James Prinsep played at a younger age at Kennington Oval in 1879. Both records have since been broken.[3]

Allen went on to play in two FA Cup finals for Tottenham Hotspur, on the losing side in 1987 but victorious in 1991.[4]

He remained at White Hart Lane until 16 September 1993, when a £550,000 deal took him to Southampton. He played 33 FA Premier League games in 1993-94, scoring once, but played just 10 league games without scoring in 1994-95 and was loaned out for 17 games to Stoke City, scoring once. He then signed for Swindon Town on a free transfer and helped them win the Division Two title (and promotion to Division One) in 1995-96.

After retiring from playing football he worked for the Professional Footballers' Association.[5]


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