Les Allen (Australian footballer)

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Les Allen
Personal information
Full name Les Allen
Date of birth (1911-03-07)7 March 1911
Date of death 5 September 1989(1989-09-05) (aged 78)
Original team(s) Fairfield
Height/Weight 178 cm / 72 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
Total -
North Melbourne
29 (87)
41 (103)
70 (190)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1934 season.

Les Allen (7 March 1911 – 5 September 1989) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Carlton and North Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Allen, a forward, was originally from Wangaratta but came to Carlton via Fairfield.[1] He kicked an eight goal haul in just his second VFL game, against South Melbourne at Princes Park, in round four of the 1930 season.[2] Despite playing from the pockets, he continued to outstage his key forward teammates Horrie Clover and Harry Vallence for the rest of the year and finished as Carlton's leading goal-kicker on 56 goals.[2]

He continued his prolific form up forward the following season, kicking 15 goals in the opening three rounds.[2] For the rest of the year he wasn't as effective and left for North Melbourne, ending his time at Carlton with a record that saw him kick exactly three goals a game.[2]

Allen was second in the goal-kicking at North Melbourne to Tom Fitzmaurice in each of his three seasons, with a best of 44 goals in 1933.[2]

At the end of the 1934 season he retired from the VFL, citing ill health.[3] He attempted a comeback in 1937, without success, but did play some football with Brunswick two years later.[4]


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 AFL Tables: Les Allen
  3. The Argus,"New Players at North", 26 May 1937, p. 14
  4. The Argus,"Brunswick's Form", 3 April 1939, p. 16