They played for both: Port Vale

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Depending on whether you were singing in August 1995 or September 1995, Joe Allon was either ‘Super’ or ‘Goofy’. Allon arrived at Sincil Bank ahead of the 1995-96 season after an impressive career which had seen him achieve legendary status at Hartlepool before a move to top-flight Chelsea.

Originally a striker for Newcastle, it did seem as though the top flight was out of his grasp and that is how things panned out at Stamford Bridge, His Premier League career didn’t really take off and he spent a short period on loan at Port Vale, before winding up there permanently via Southend and Brentford.

After just 23 games and nine goals, he secured a £42,500 move to Sincil Bank, a move which was met with absolute joy. After all, we were signing a proven striker, someone who could guarantee goals in abundance.

That wasn’t quite how it worked out. After a few rounds of ‘Super Joe Allon’, it quickly became apparent nothing could be further from the truth. He started four times for City, of those four starts he didn’t finish a single game.

He was subbed in all three league games and sent off in his solitary league cup appearance. He was soon packed off back to the North East with his tail between his legs, or if stories revealed in my book are to be believed, pile cream. Suddenly, ‘Super’ Joe Allon was gone and in his place, Goofy.

Still, old Joe had the last laugh, scoring just a few weeks later on his return to Sincil Bank with Hartlepool. He celebrated as if he enjoyed it and, given the abuse being metered out by the home support, I’m sure he did.

Allon was one of a number of talented goal scorers who suffered dry runs when turning out for the Imps, like Phil Stant before him and Leo Fortune-West after him.

 

Former Hartlepool United forward Joe Allon

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