Known throughout the game as “The Chief,” Huddersfield-born Wayne Allison began his football career at Halifax Town, graduating from their apprenticeship scheme in 1987. He scored at an average of a goal every three games for The Shaymen and quickly emerged as a powerful and brave leader of the forward line. Wayne joined Watford for £250,000 in July 1989 but made only six starts for the Hornets before a change of manager brought a new club for the player.

In moving to Bristol City, Wayne arrived at a club where he could prosper. In 149 starts for City he scored 49 goals and helped the Robins to knock on the door of promotion to the Premier League under Dennis smith, although subsequent managers were less successful, and Wayne was allowed to move to Swindon Town for £475,000 in 1995. Manager Steve McMahon helped turn Wayne into a more complete player and he added defensive aspects to his ability to hold the ball up. He moved to his hometown club for £800,000 in 1997 and was on the move again to Tranmere two years later. Wayne retained an impressive scoring legend at all these clubs and became highly respected by their fans.

Despite being offered a better money deal by third division Boston United, Wayne moved on a free to Sheffield United in 2002. The Blades reached both domestic cup semi-finals in his time there but promotion to The Premiership proved elusive and Wayne was released in the summer of 2005.

Chesterfield moved quickly to sign him and he came to give four years’ excellent service to the club. His wisdom and experience was channelled through a boyish enthusiasm for the game that struck a chord with younger players in particular, so that players at all stages of development looked up to him. When the time came to confront playing retirement Wayne might have expected that this respect would count for something when pursuing the assistant manager’s job at Chesterfield, but that was not to be, and it was a disenchanted Chief that ended up helping out on Chester City’s coaching staff in the summer of 2008. Wayne has since coached at Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City.

With the support of the PFA Wayne completed a PhD in sports science and has embraced a new role as a sports science consultant with his own company, “Science of Soccer.”

For Chesterfield: 66+49 appearances, 22 goals.


Above: Wayne scores at The Rec for Swindon on 23/4/1996, in a game that guaranteed The Robins' promotion.