Joe Allen


Date unknown.
Kendal Hornets
07-09-1895 v Rochdale Hornets
1897- Kendal Hornets
11 (0)


Joe Allen by Alex Service with additional information from Mike Latham and Dave Dooley

Joe Allen was one of the first of the lads from Cumberland who came down to play for the Saints, which also included his contemporaries such as Bill Whiteley and Billy Cross. He played as a centre and made his debut in a friendly against a District team on 19th January 1895 at Knowsley Road, scoring a try. Joe made 16 appearances during the campaign, scoring 2 tries and kicked a goal. He began the inaugural season of Northern Union football in the centres, with fellow Cumbrian Bill Whiteley outside him. Joe also played a couple of games at full-back later in the campaign. He made relatively few appearances in 1896-97, which was to be his last season as a Saint.

There does seem to be much more information about Joe and his origins. He was born in Kendal in 1867 and, by the 1886-87 season he was playing full-back for Kendal Hornets and later switched to the centre. Rumour has it he went down initially to St. Helens for a short spell as early as 1888 with his close friends Billy Cross and Jimmy Graham, but he returned to Hornets, where he was a regular choice. The History of Football in Kendal says that his nickname was ‘Nuts’ or ‘Rowler’ and that essentially he was a full-back, who could play in the threequarters when wanted. “He had few equals as a drop kicker and proved a prolific scorer”, says the rest of his pen picture.

After leaving Saints he returned to the re-formed Kendal Hornets who played under Northern Union rules in the North West League. He was still playing in 1903-04, which was the club’s last season. Joe had a distinguished career in representative rugby union for Westmorland too, making 11 appearances for the county, selected as a full-back or centre in equal measure. In the 1911 Census he was living with his wife and eight children in Blackburn, employed as a tinsmith. The 1939 Census has Joe living at 86A Wethers Street, Blackburn. Joe lived in Blackburn until his death in March 1953 at the ripe old age of 86.


Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1895~96 0 0 0 6
1896~970 0 0 5
TOTALS:0 0 0 11
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches


7th Sep 1895 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1895~96 H 8 3 VIEW
14th Sep 1895 W 4 Runcorn L 1895~96 H 5 0 VIEW
21st Sep 1895 D 4 Batley L 1895~96 A 3 3 VIEW
28th Sep 1895 L 4 Stockport L 1895~96 H 0 3 VIEW
28th Mar 1896 L 1 Tyldesley L 1895~96 A 10 11 VIEW
3rd Apr 1896 L 1 Widnes L 1895~96 A 4 16 VIEW
12th Dec 1896 L 4 Broughton Rangers L 1896~97 A 0 3 VIEW
19th Dec 1896 L 4 Stockport L 1896~97 A 6 13 VIEW
25th Dec 1896 L 3 Halifax* Fr 1896~97 A 0 4 VIEW
26th Dec 1896 D 4 Widnes L 1896~97 A 0 0 VIEW
1st Jan 1897 L 4 Oldham L 1896~97 H 5 17 VIEW
2nd Jan 1897 L 2 Runcorn L 1896~97 A 0 20 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.