Charlie Allen

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Charlie Allen

Appearances: 13+0 Goals: 7

Date / Year of birth: 24th March 1992

Position: Midfielder

Season of first appearance: 2013/14

Season of last appearance: 2013/14

Also played for: Brentford (0), Dagenham & Redbridge (0), Billericay Town, Notts County (5+6,0), Gillingham (28+14,2) and Tamworth

Energetic attacking midfielder born in Slough who started his career with Brentford as a 14 year-old. Charlie's father Martin - a former QPR and West Ham player - was manager of the Bees at the time. Charlie progressed through Brentford's youth ranks up to the reserves but at the end of the 2009/10 season he wasn't offered a professional contract after finishing a two-year scholarship and left the club.

Charlie became part of Dagenham & Redbridge's youth academy for the 2010/11 campaign and he combined that with working on a building site for a few months before the Daggers gave him an 18-month contract early in 2011.

In March 2011 Charlie joined Isthmian League Premier Division club Billericay under a dual-registration agreement and their manager Craig Edwards said "He clearly has a good pedigree and is highly thought of by (Dagenham & Redbridge manager) John Still. He's a big, strong lad like his father and I'm sure he will give us something extra in midfield as we continue to battle for a play-off place. I've seen him play and have been impressed so I know what he can do." Charlie scored twice from seven league outings for Billericay before the end of the 2010/11 season.

In June 2011 he joined Notts County on a free transfer and by then his father Martin was in charge of the Magpies. Speaking about his son's signing Martin said "He comes from good bloodstock and is a player I've watched for several years." Charlie made his first team debut for County on 27.8.11 as they lost 2-0 at Preston in a League One game and he went on to make ten further appearances (six as a substitute) without scoring before the end of 2011. He then fell out of favour and after his father was sacked as manager in February 2012 Charlie didn't feature again in the senior side during the remainder of 2011/12.

In the summer of 2012 Martin Allen became Gillingham's manager and signed Charlie for the League Two outfit. He made his debut for the Gills in a 2-1 win at Bristol City in the League Cup on 14.8.12 and Charlie was a regular in Gillingham's matchday squad after that although he was often used as a substitute. On 2.10.12 he was sent off after picking up a second yellow card in the last minute of a 2-1 win at Northampton but in his next outing - a home game against Aldershot on 13.10.12 - Charlie scored his first goal for the Gills. He went on to score once more from a total of 36 appearances during 2012/13 as Gillingham won the League Two title.

At the start of the 2013/14 season Charlie made six more appearances (four as sub) without scoring but after his father was sacked as the Gills' manager in October 2013 he didn't feature in the first team again.

At the end of October 2013 Charlie was loaned to Conference club Tamworth for two months and at that time Gillingham's interim manager Peter Taylor insisted that Charlie would be treated no differently than any other player and would be judged on football ability alone. Taylor said "What I've seen in training, I don't think he was going to get much football." As he prepared for his Tamworth debut Charlie said on Twitter "I had to go out and play. Extremely relieved to be away after my 'fair opportunity' didn't work out as planned. Sad to say goodbye for a while my team mates and fans who have been outstanding to me through tough times ! Good luck to all at Gills."

Charlie's first game for Tamworth on 2.11.13 proved to be dramatic as he came on as a substitute 33 minutes into a home game against Braintree only to be sent off just eight minutes later for what the referee deemed to be a dangerous tackle. Tamworth's manager Dale Belford thought the dismissal was harsh and said "I'm devastated for him. He's been bright as a button in training and been superb. He's been desperate to play but that happens. It's a man's game and the days of full-blooded tackles and showing that commitment and's one of them." Charlie Tweeted "Not an ideal start. Feel hard done by but ah well. Silver lining is it can only get better !!" It turned out to be his only appearance for Tamworth and Charlie was recalled by Gillingham at the start of December 2013 although he still didn't feature in the first team.

In February 2014 Charlie's contract with the Gills was cancelled by mutual consent and Peter Taylor said "He's been absolute first class and he hasn't been one problem to me and if any football clubs out there want to phone me or decide to phone me about him it will only be positive things." Charlie Tweeted "Truly gutted to finish my Gills career this way. Best for both parties to see this happen. Hopefully one day I will be in the game again but for now I am going back to college and further my education. Best days of my life with everyone at Gills. Together we achieved something brilliant and memorable. Going to miss the lads more than they'll know ! Thanks to the fans who took me in as their own and a bigger thanks to the ones who doubted me for the motivation and inspiration. All the best to the Gaffer, the chairman and of course all the lads !!"

A couple of weeks after leaving Gillingham Charlie signed for Margate on a deal to the end of the 2013/14 season and he made his debut in a 2-1 home defeat against Kingstonian in the Isthmian League Premier Division on 8.3.14. Charlie was a regular in midfield from then on and was a particular threat going forward. On 5.4.14 he scored his first goal in a 1-1 draw with Bognor Regis at Hartsdown Park and Margate's website said "he serenely sidestepped the keeper before slotting into the far corner" after latching onto a pass from Charlie Wassmer. In his next outing Charlie scored twice as Margate won 4-1 at East Thurrock, first firing home from the centre of the penalty area after a Matt Bodkin cross picked him out and then knocking the ball in from close-range after being set-up by Jefferson Louis. Margate's website said of Charlie's display "the undoubted star was Allen who pulled the strings and whose goals cemented a fine victory."

His fine form continued as the campaign drew to a close and on 19.4.14 Charlie scored two first half goals in a 6-0 win at Carshalton before heading home in his next outing as Margate thrashed Cray 5-0 at Hartsdown Park. Charlie then scored for the third game in a row during a 3-2 win over Hendon at Wembley FC on 26.4.14 - the last day of the season. He finished with a record of seven goals from 13 appearances and in May 2014 Charlie signed a new one-year contract.










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