This full page cartoon strip by R. Bond appeared in Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly in July 1967. It features Les Allen who had arrived from White Hart Lane in the summer of 1965 for what was then a record club fee of £21,000. With Jim Gregory at the helm, there were a number of other pre-season arrivals including Ian Watson and Alan Wilks from Chelsea, Jim Langley from Fulham and the part-timer from Plymouth, Keith Sanderson. Les Allen and Jim Langley brought with them a wealth of experience and hopes for the coming season were raised.
However, I will never forget that opening game of the 65/66 season when the R’s went down 1-6 at Brentford. They were our main rivals then of course so losing to them anytime was bad enough and I had also witnessed a 2-5 defeat the previous February at Griffin Park !
Les Allen was a member of our 1967 League Cup winning side and was also involved in two successive promotion campaigns. He went on to make 151 first-team appearances for the R’s and scored 62 goals. He took over as Manager in 1968 from Tommy Docherty before resigning in January 1971.