Ronald Allen was a professional international football player who also works as a football manager. Born on January 15, 1929 in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, England, Allen played professional football for nineteen years, eventually becoming a manager at both international and club levels, before he passed away on June 9, 2001 in Great Wyrley, England.
Allen played as a centre-forward during his professional career, which started when he played with Port vale in 1946. However, before started his professional career, he was already playing football as a youth player from 1941 to 1946 with Northwood Mission.
During Allen’s time with Port Vale, he spent four years with the team making stellar performance by playing in 123 games and scoring 34 goals. However, by 1950, Allen transferred to West Bromwich Albion in a record breaking deal where he then stayed for a decade. During those years, he played in 415 games and scored 208 goals. During those years, he was known as one of the best strikers with a ratio of one goal every two games.
By 1961, he signed with Crystal Palace, where he spent the remaining four years of his career as a player. Just as he ended his career as a player, another career started, which focused on football management. The first two years of his management career was with Wolverhampton Wanderers, which was then followed by Athletic Bilbao. Other teams managed are Walsall, Saudi Arabia, Panathinaikos FC, Sporting Lisbon, ending with West Browich Albion.
A few years after his death, Allen was named as one of the 16 greatest players of West Bromwich Albion.