Derek Allen

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Derek Allen

Appearances: 11 Goals: 2

Date / Year of birth: 18th April 1930

Position: Striker

Season of first appearance: 1958/59

Season of last appearance: 1958/59

Also played for: Arsenal (0), Alton Town, Luton Town (1,0), Watford (8,1), Folkestone Town and St.Neots Town

Diminutive, hard working forward born in Luton who was generally known as 'Sos' Allen and played for Limbury Boys Club as a youth.

Derek later had a spell on Arsenal's books before linking up with non-league club Alton and in January 1952 he was signed by Luton.

Derek was a part-time player for the Hatters as he also worked as a lorry driver and he played one first team game in Division 2 during the 1954/55 season. In May 1956 he signed for Division 3 (South) outfit Watford on a free transfer.

Derek made his debut for the Hornets in a 2-1 win over Northampton at Vicarage Road on 20.10.56 and went on to make a total of eight first team appearances, scoring once, before moving to Folkestone on a free transfer in February 1957.

In July 1958 Derek signed for Margate and made his debut wearing the number ten shirt in a 2-1 win over Ramsgate in a Kent League Cup tie at Hartsdown Park on 4.9.58. He also started the next two matches before dropping into the reserves for two months.

Derek returned to first team duty towards the end of 1958 and scored twice in a 5-1 win at Whitstable on 6.12.58 but after a run in the side during December he fell out of favour once more and only featured twice during 1959. Derek was released at the end of the 1958/59 season having scored two goals from 11 senior outings and he'd also notched up over 20 goals for the reserves.

Derek joined St.Neots for the 1959/60 campaign and also played for them during 1960/61.

In later years he played Sunday football in the Luton area and served on the committee of The Luton District and South Beds Football League. Derek was still playing on Sundays when he died in Luton on 30.11.78 aged just 48 and The Luton District and South Beds Football League went on to name a competition in his honour - The Sos Allen Cup.











1958/59 (MFC)

11 (51)