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Reg Allen

Personal information
Full nameArthur Reginald Allen
Date of birth3 May 1919
Place of birthMarylebone, England
Date of death3 April 1976(age 56)
Place of deathEaling, England
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Arthur Reginald Allen (born 3 May 1919 in Marylebone, London, died 3 April 1976) was a goalkeeper with Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

Reg made his QPR league debut against Newport County in December 1938 and was known as one of the best goalkeepers of his era. He initially played for the Corona Football Club in the Hanwell and District League where a QPR supporter spotted him and recommended him to the club. He was given a trial with the Reserve team at Clacton and the side lost 2-1. Reg felt he had played poorly. The club though felt he had promise but it was several months before he could be persuaded to play again. His next match was again with the reserves at West Ham on 12 March 1937. West Ham won 7-1. Despite this it was still felt that Reg had done well and on 6 May 1938 he signed professional terms. Reg went on to play 183 league games for QPR, his career impacted by the war years where he was a POW in North Africa after being captured whilst on a Commando raid in July 1941. He was a member of the 1948 QPR team that won the Division Three (South) championship.

Reg was transferred to Manchester United on 6 June 1950 for £11,000, a then world-record fee for a goalkeeper, but played his last game for Manchester United on 4 October 1952 and had retired from football within five years. A testimonial game for Reg took place between QPR and Manchester United on 29 March 1954, raising in the region of £1,800 for his testimonial fund.

He died on 3 April 1976, one month before what would have been his 57th birthday.

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