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Ronnie Allen

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Full nameRonald Allen
Date of birth15 January 1929
Place of birthFenton, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Date of death9 June 2001(age 72)
Place of deathGreat Wyrley, England
Playing positionCentre-forward

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Ronald "Ronnie" Allen (15 January 1929 9 June 2001) was an English international football player and manager. He was a professional footballer for nineteen years, between 1946 and 1965, making 638 appearances in the Football League, and scoring 276 goals. He also won five caps for England national team. He later became a manager at both club and international level.

Starting his career in 1946 with Port Vale, he spent four years with the club, before making a record breaking transfer to West Bromwich Albion. He was one of the best strikers of the 1950s, playing over 400 games, with a ratio of a goal every two games. In 1961 he signed with Crystal Palace, where he spent the final four years of his playing career.

His management career began in 1966 with Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he spent two years. In 1969 he took up the reigns at Spanish club Athletic Bilbao, spending another two years in the management position. In 1972 he was appointed manager of Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon, after one season with the club he moved back to England to manage Walsall for a brief period. In 1977 he spent a short time as manager of West Bromwich Albion. After a spell managing the Saudi Arabia national team, he took charge of Greek club Panathinaikos FC for a short time in 1980. His last management position was back at West Brom in 1981-82.

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