Welsh international Malcolm Allen spent two seasons at Carrow
Road (1989-91) playing 46 times and scoring 15 goals. He was signed
from Watford, his first professional club where he had progressed
through the youth team ranks. He made his league debut in November
1985 at Upton Park and scored his first league goal against Arsenal
the following Easter . Winning a call-up to the Welsh national
squad for their May tour of Canada, he made his international
debut and scored his first international goal. However he was
unable to forge a regular spot in the Watford side and made just
39 league appearances scoring on five occasions.
In August 1988, Dave Stringer paid Watford £175,000 to
bring Allen to Norwich. He gained further international honours
for Wales but this nimble striker could not establish himself
in the Norwich first team faced with competition from Robert Fleck,
Robert Rosario, Alan Taylor and Henrik Mortensen. Primarily a
substitute for Norwich, his moment of glory came when he struck
four goals during Norwich's 8-0 FA Cup victory over non-leaguers
He was sold on to Millwall for £400,000 where he had his
most prolific spell attracting the attention of Kevin Keegan who
made him his first signing for Newcastle United (£250,000).
A damaged knee plagued his time on Tyneside and he was forced
to retire from playing professional football despite eight operations
and the fitting of four screws. A last ditch effort by surgeons
that involved pulling his tendon up through his knee cap to act
as a substitute ligament appeared to work. He attempted to regain
his fitness by playing alongside his brother Gavin for Aberystwyth
Town in the League of Wales. However his family had trouble settling
in Wales and returned to Hertfordshire. The Pink Un reported on Feb 23rd, 1997 that Malcolm had
attempted to resurrect his playing career by joining Stevenage
Borough of the Vauxhall Conference.
The Welwyn and Hatfield Times told on 17th December 1997
how Malcolm had joined Colney Health of the Herts Senior County
League and that he had set up all three goals for his new side
on his debut in a 3-3 draw with Wormley Rovers. Malcolm retains
his links with Stevenage being employed as their Youth Team coach.
His brother Gavin also joined Stevenage.
The December 1999 edition of Team Talk reported on developments
at Rymans League minnows Molesey who appointed Malcolm Allen as
Assistant Manager to new manager John Harding in an attempt to
reverse their misfortunes. Allen has signed himself Rymans League
forms and has used his Hertfordshire contacts to sign Ibrahim
Oladeji from Bishop's Stortford, Matthew Potter and Phil Dean
from Hitchin Town and Matt Corbould from Boreham Wood.
Malcolm left Molesey in the summer of 2000 to set up a coaching
school in Wales and commentate for Welsh TV but an injury crisis
saw him re-sign for Molesey in November 2000 until January 2001.
He has also joined Letchworth to set up their Football Academy.
Letchworth are managed by former England international Kerry Dixon.
The Non League Paper
reported on 18th March 2001 that Malcolm had joined Edgware as
Player/Assistant Manager. He also worked for North Herts College
setting up their Scheme of Academic and Football Excellence for
16-17 year olds.
Malcolm returned to Wales and to Aberystwyth in the summer of
2002 to head up Aberystwyth's youth development programme alongside
his brother Gavin who still plays for the Park Avenue side. Malcolm's
strong links with Hertfordshire football came in useful with Aberystwyth
recruiting Paul Armstrong and Mark Duckett from Stevenage.
In the preparation for Norwich's FA Cup clash with Dagenham on
25th January 2003, the Pink Un interviewed Allen who had scored
four goals in Norwich's 8-0 FA Cup victory over non-league Sutton
in 1989. Allen was revealed as having returned to Stevenage as
a youth coach. He is also involved in the EFCO schemes that take
young players who fail to make the grade at big clubs and help
find them future employment. He is also in demand as a football
pundit, being one of a few ex-pros to speak fluent Welsh, thus
gaining regular employment on TV and radio in Wales.
According to Mike Davidge's article in the Matchday programme
for the clash with Crewe on 9th Augiust 2005, Malcolm is currently
coaching Tottenham Hotspur's Under-15s.
On 9th April 2008, Allen was given a suspended jail sentence and
a ban for drink-driving. Football pundit Malcolm Allen, 41, of Cranefield
Drive, Watford admitted drinking up to 10 pints of beer when stopped
by a Police Community Support Officer in Hertfordshire.At Stevenage
Magistrates' Court he pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol
and was given a four-week jail sentence suspended for two years.He
was banned from driving for three years but opted to take a specialist
court-appointed driver's course to cut the disqualification period
to 27 months. Allen must also attend at least six sessions of an
alcohol treatment course. Stevenage magistrates were told that he
and his passenger were "paralytic".Prosecutor Charlotte
Rind said both Allen and his passenger were seen coming out of a
white van "looking drunk and staggering" after stopping
off for a Chinese takeaway on 20 February. Allen failed a roadside
breath test and was found to have 110mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres
of breath when tested at a police station.
He told officers: "It could have been a lot worse and
I'm glad that no-one was hurt. I have been a fool. I'm going to
possibly lose my job and possibly my media work." Allen
said he had not expected to drive and thought he would get a train
back to Watford, the court heard.
In January 2010, he revealed in his biography the self-destructive
and sometimes relentless binge-drinking which threatened to tear
his life apart. The incredible catalogue of alcohol abuse and
an unfortunate injury saw him reduced within a year from being
a lauded professional flying high for Newcastle and Wales to cleaning
an old peoples home and calling bingo numbers a role
which earned him the moniker Mister Bingo Man. Allen
is now a presenter on S4Cs football show Sgorio and splits
his time between Deiniolen and Watford