Allen tackles gridiron goal

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The Independent Online
London Monarchs have signed the former England footballer, Clive Allen, as a kicker for their 1997 campaign in the World League of American Football.

Allen, 35, has been on the books of seven London clubs and was capped five times. He now returns to Stamford Bridge - one of his old home grounds - but this time wearing a gold helmet and shoulder pads. He will be one of Monarchs' seven British signings.

"Clive impressed us with his accuracy and leg strength," Monarchs' general manager, Alton Byrd, said. "He has responded well to pressure situations throughout his career and we believe he will be a key part of the Monarchs team in 1997."

Allen said: "This is a tremendous challenge for me. Hopefully I can bring my goal-scoring touch to American football."