1 – Joe Allon
I pick ‘Super’ Joe, or ‘Goofy’ Joe depending on which month in 1995 it was, because he was my first big disappointment. I’m not sure I knew enough about Paul Dobson when he signed to have felt personally let down, but I did know plenty about Allon. 12 in 34 for Swansea and 48 in 112 for Hartlepool earned him a move to Chelsea, where he played top-flight football. He did only score two in 14 for them, but he featured on a Pro Set card which made him a top player to me. When he later bagged 19 in 45 for Brentford, again appearing on the top scorer’s sharts in my Shoot magazine, I knew he was a natural scorer.
When he joined us at the start of the 1995/96 season, I was utterly elated. That meant one thing and one thing only, goals. lots of them. We paid £42,500 for his services and I went along to the first home game of the season, against Gillingham to cheer him on. Chants of ‘Super Joe Allon’ filled the air ahead of kick-off, especially as we’d beaten Preston away on the opening day, a huge win. I was kinda lucky I suppose, I got to see one of the four games Allon played for City. within weeks, Sam Ellis had gone and Hartlepool paid us £40,000 for Allon. Four games, no goals. On November 4th, just months after he arrived and left, he did score at the Bank, against us in a 1-1 draw. Cue chants of Goofy Joe, and a lifetime of animosity from me he doesn’t fully understand.