by Tony Attwood
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Clive Allen was signed by Arsenal from QPR on 12 June 1980 in one of the strangest transfers ever. He never played for Arsenal in the league (although he played in three pre-season friendlies) and moved to Crystal Palace in a swap deal for Kenny Sansom before the season began.
Allen was Palace’s top scorer for the 1980–81 season with nine goals in the league as Palace finished bottom of the First Division by a long way. Here’s the final league table…
|4||West Bromwich Albion||42||20||12||10||60||42||18||52|
|19||Brighton and Hove Albion||42||14||7||21||54||67||-13||35|
It was Terry Venables who had signed Allen for Palace, and who then signed him again for QPR, where he played in their first-ever cup final.
He then won the second division with QPR and after one season with QPR in the top league he moved to Tottenham, scoring ten goals in 18 games in his first season with them before getting the record for a Tottenham player with 33 league goals in 1986/7. He moved on to Bordeaux in March 1988, at a time when it was rare for English players to venture overseas. Later he returned to England playing for Manchester City, Chelsea, and West Ham leaving them in 1994 for Millwall before finishing his English career at Carlisle.
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