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. He lived in Blackburn until his death in March 1953 at the ripe old age of 86.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|7th Sep 1895||
|14th Sep 1895||
|21st Sep 1895||
|28th Sep 1895||
|28th Mar 1896||
|3rd Apr 1896||
|12th Dec 1896||
|19th Dec 1896||
|25th Dec 1896||
|26th Dec 1896||
|1st Jan 1897||
|2nd Jan 1897||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : 2 | LOSSES : 8 | DRAWS : 2|
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