Allen, Harry

Centre-half.

Born: Walsall, 13 January 1866; Died: Wolverhampton, 23 February 1895.

Career: Walsall Swifts 1883, WOLVES May 86, Retired Oct 1894.

 

Domestic Honours
Wolves (FA Cup winner 1893, runner-up 1889, semi-finalist 1890
Staffordshire Senior Cup winner 1888
Birmingham Senior Cup winner 1892, 1893, runner-up 1889
Lord Mayor of Birmingham Charity Cup winner 1892, runner-up 1889, 1890, 1891
Walsall Senior Cup runner-up 1887
Wedensbury Charity Cup winner: 1888

 

International Honours
England (5 appearances with Wolves; British International championship winner 1887/88, runner-up 1888/89).

 

Harry made his Wolves debut in the final friendly of the 1885/86 season at home to Accrington and from that day he was the first name on the team sheet. He is one of the biggest names in the clubs history as he played in Wolves first ever Football League fixture, their first FA Cup final against Preston North End in 1889, was Wolves captain, and scored the only goal in Wolves first FA Cup success over Everton at Fallowfield in 1893. On 13 November 1886 Allen scored in Wolves biggest ever FA Cup win against Crosswells Brewery. He also helped the club to many successes in County Cup football, such as Staffordshire Cup 1888, Birmingham Senior Cup 1892 & 1893, and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Charity Cup 1892. He was captain on Wolves first ever over-seas tour, where they  played two matches in Ireland against Linfield Athletic and Ulsterville in March 1891. On 4 February 1888 he became the first ever Wolves player to be capped playing for England against Wales at Crewe. On 3 December 1892 against Stoke he became the first to wear the famous Old Gold & Black to reach the milestone of 100 Football League appearances. Harry Allen one of Wolves most famous players retired in 1894 through illness and injury, and became a publican after a spell as a coalman. He was just 29 when he, sadly, died.

Football League Appearances: 123, Goals: 8.

FL FAC SSC BSC BCC WC WCC T
A G A G A G A G A G A G A G A G
1886/87 6 2 1 1 3 3 14 2
1887/88 3 4 1 5 1 13 1
1888/89 22 6 1 3 1 32 1
1889/90 21 2 5 1 2 2 1 1 31 4
1890/91 22 2 2 2 3 2 31 2
1891/92 22 3 (1p) 2 4 2 30 3
1892/93 29 1 6 1 5 1 41 2
1893/94 7 7
Total 123 8 30 5 9 1 23 1 10 3 1 199 15