Football:Clive Allen

We are delighted to reveal Clive Allen as a supporter of the Sporting Memories Network

Clive played for a number of top flight clubs including QPR, Spurs, Crystal Palalce and Manchester City in a career that saw him net over 200 goals. The son of Les Allen, who was part of the Spurs double winning side in 1961 was always destined to be a footballer.

"It's safe to say I was born into the game. Two weeks before Mum gave birth to me, she was at Wembley for the 1961 FA Cup final to see my Dad play for the victorious Spurs side. I was then born at 3pm on Saturday 20th May so it's safe to say I felt it was destiny that I became a footballer and of course my father, uncle, brother and two cousins all played professionally as subsequently did my son."

A memorable home debut for Queens Park Rangers, the club he had grown up with, marked the start of a wonderful career that took in a league title, scoring the winner in an FA Cup semi-final and culminated in a call up to play for England.

"At the end of that fabulous season I was called up by England for their South America tour. I made my debut for England in the Maracanã Stadium against Brazil. Whenever people ask me where did I win my first England cap, I only have to mention one name - John Barnes! I don't think anyone remembers me making my debut, but they certainly remember John's spectacular goal, which is absolutely right as it is one that England supporters will never forget."