Anthony Allman

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Anthony Allman

Appearances: 17+2 Goals: 0

Date / Year of birth: 14th December 1980

Position: Left-back / Right-back

Season of first appearance: 2005/06

Season of last appearance: 2005/06

Also played for: Charlton Athletic (0), Reading (0), Colchester United (0), Oxford United, Leyton Orient (0), Woking, Bishop's Stortford, St.Albans City, Ashford Town and Sittingbourne

5' 9" tall full-back born in Sidcup who played for Kent as a youth before earning a place at the Football Association's School of Excellence at Lilleshall. Anthony's compatriots included the likes of future senior internationals Francis Jeffers, Scott Parker and Alan Smith and Anthony himself played for England at Under-15, Under-16 and Under-18 levels.

He started his senior career with Charlton and spent four seasons with the Addicks. During 1997/98 he scored three goals from 36 outings for the youth team and also made 14 reserve team appearances (seven as sub) without scoring. Anthony was given a first team squad number for 1998/99 and made 20 appearances for Charlton's Under-19's, scoring three goals, as well as featuring in the reserves on 20 occasions (nine as sub). The 1999/00 campaign saw him make 23 reserve team appearances (five as sub) and ten for the Under-19's and Anthony again had a first team squad number. During 2000/01 he played 15 times (once as sub) for the Addicks reserve side and in February 2001 Anthony had a trial at Reading where he featured in the reserves. He was released by Charlton at the end of the season having never played a first team game.

Anthony joined Colchester in the summer of 2001 and became a regular in the reserves but he couldn't break into the senior side. In February 2002 he played for Oxford United's reserves during a trial spell with the club and in March 2002 Anthony turned out for Leyton Orient's second string as part of a trial there. Curiously his one outing for the O's was against Colchester's reserves. Anthony was released by Colchester at the end of the 2001/02 campaign without ever making a senior appearance.

He signed for Conference club Woking ahead of the 2002/03 season and made his debut for the Cards in a 1-0 home win over Forest Green on 17.8.02. On 17.9.02 Anthony was part of the Woking side that lost 5-1 at home to Margate and he eventually made a total of 19 appearances (four as sub) without scoring before being released in May 2003.

Anthony joined Isthmian League Premier Division side Bishop's Stortford for the 2003/04 campaign and played alongside future Margate defender Aaron Barnett there. During 2004/05 Anthony was part of the Stortford side that reached the semi-final of the FA Trophy and by then they were playing in the Conference South. In all he made around 100 appearances for the club before signing for St.Albans, also of the Conference South, shortly after the end of the 2004/05 season.

In the summer of 2005 Anthony played for England's Futsal (five-a-side) team in a tournament at London's Docklands Arena and he then made 12 appearances (seven as sub) without scoring for St.Albans during the opening months of the 2005/06 campaign. On 15.11.05 and 16.11.05 Anthony again turned out for England's Futsal side as they played two matches against Lithuania in Kaunas and immediately after returning to the UK he signed for Margate.

Anthony made his debut at left-back in a 1-0 win at Windsor & Eton in the Isthmian League Premier Division on 19.11.05 and the Thanet Times said he "impressed". It was the start of a ten match run in the number three shirt for him and on 26.11.05 Anthony captained the side in a 3-2 win over Hampton & Richmond at Hartsdown Park. After that game Margate manager Chris Kinnear told the Thanet Times "He's been a good signing, he's a very neat player. He gives us stability and is so calm and collected. You know what he's going to do for you and he talks a good game as well. He reminds me of Gary Neville in that people probably don't appreciate what he does."

On 6.12.05 Anthony was carried off in the second half of a 2-0 defeat at Heybridge after what the Isle of Thanet Gazette described as "a horrible late tackle" from former Margate player Paull Abbott and initially there were fears that Anthony may have suffered a broken leg. Fortunately an x-ray showed that wasn't the case and he was actually able to play in Margate's next game. The Gazette said Anthony "stood out" in a 1-1 draw with Folkestone at Hartsdown Park on 26.12.05 but on 7.1.06 he suffered a hamstring injury five minutes into a 1-1 draw at Maldon and had to go off. Anthony missed the next five matches as a result.

He returned to the side on 11.2.06 when he came on as a substitute in a 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon and on 18.2.06 Anthony was back in the starting line-up as Margate drew 1-1 with visitors Braintree. The Thanet Times said he "put in a solid performance" at left-back and Anthony had two more outings in the number three shirt before playing at right-back in a 4-2 defeat against Walton & Hersham at Hartsdown Park on 18.3.06. He only started one of Margate's next four games and after an outing at left-back in a 0-0 draw with visitors Worthing on 15.4.06 Anthony didn't feature again in the three remaining matches of the 2005/06 campaign. He was released at the end of the season having made 19 appearances (two as sub) without scoring.

In June 2006 Anthony signed for Tonbridge but never played a competitive game for them before moving on to Ashford of the Isthmian League Division 1 South before the start of the 2006/07 campaign proper.

He spent just over a year at Ashford but Anthony had injury problems and only made 33 appearances, scoring three times, before linking up with Sittingbourne in September 2007.

He made seven Isthmian League Division 1 South appearances (two as sub) for the Brickies without scoring before leaving the club in December 2007 due to work commitments. Anthony then dropped out of senior football having just turned 27.

During the 2011/12 season he turned out for Hollands and Blair's Rochester & District League side and on 29.10.11 Anthony scored a hat-trick for them in a 4-2 win over Medway City.

His younger brother Jon was at Charlton with him during the 1997/98 and 1998/99 seasons and Jon later had spells with the likes of Woking, Tonbridge and Dover.










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