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Full Name: Messina Wilson Allman (also known as Dick)
Came from: Portsmouth Went to: Stoke
First game: 11 December 1907 Last game: 25 April 1908
Appearances: 21 (21/0) Goals: 7
Allman was born in Burslem in 1883 and as a boy played for Burslem Boys Club, Southwell and Burslem High Lane. He joined his hometown professional club, Burslem Port Vale, in April 1903 and spent two years there, finishing as top scorer in his second season.
In 1905 he moved to Reading and made 63 appearances over the next two seasons, scoring 17 goals. He spent the first half of the 1907-08 campaign with Portsmouth before joining Argyle in December 1907. A forward, he scored seven times in his 21 games for Argyle before leaving at the end of the season to join Stoke, but made no first team appearances for them.
At the start of the 1908/09 season Allman, known as ''Dick'', was playing for Liverpool, but he made just one first team appearance there before moving on to Grantham. Brief spells with Wrexham, where he scored the winning goal in the 1910 Welsh Cup Final, and Ton Pentre followed before he signed for Leicester Fosse in August 1911. He returned briefly to Grantham before seeing out the 1911-12 season in Leicester, scoring three times in seven games for the club.
In June 1912 Allman signed for Croydon Common and over the next four years played 86 times for the team, scoring 23 goals. He also helped the club win the Southern League Division Two title in 1913-14. His career was interrupted by the First World War, during which Croydon Common was dissolved, leaving him with the honour of scoring the last ever goal for the club.
Allman enlisted in the Army in 1915 and served in France, also playing for Watford and Arsenal as a guest during the conflict. On leaving the Army in 1919 he signed for Crystal Palace, playing for the reserves as a centre-back, and ended his career with a similar role at Maidstone United.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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