Dave Allen (businessman)

Dave Allen (businessman)

Dave Allen is a Sheffield based businessman and ex-chairman of football team Sheffield Wednesday. Allen owns a 99.9% share of the A & S Leisure Group which runs Napoleons Casinos across England, as well as the greyhound racing track at Owlerton Stadium in Sheffield.

Allen joined the Sheffield Wednesday board in 2000 and eventually became chairman in June 2003.

In his spare time Dave Allen enjoys pigeon racing. [cite web
url=http://www.racingpigeon.co.uk/
title=The Racing Pigeon
publisher=The Racing Pigeon Co Ltd
accessdate=2008-02-14
]

According to the Sunday Times Allen was listed as the 944th richest person in Britain in 2006 and was said to be worth £60m, [cite news
url=http://business.timesonline.co.uk/section/0,,20590,00.html
title=The Rich List 2006
date=2006-04-23
publisher=The Sunday Times
accessdate=2006-04-27
] however by 2007 he had dropped out of the top 1,000 richest people in Britain. [cite news
url=http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/specials/rich_list/rich_list_search/
title=The Rich List 2007
date=2007-04-30
publisher=The Sunday Times
accessdate=2008-02-14
]

Allen came under severe criticism from some supporters in October 2006 after sacking popular Owls manager Paul Sturrock, with fans attributing a slump in form to the chairman instead of the manager; this then led to a series of protests by some supporters aimed directly at the chairman and board of directors. However, the sacking of Sturrock did see an improvement in results and style of play. Allen was sometimes the basis of much criticism from Wednesday fans, as they felt he put money in to the club with the sole intention of taking more out – lacking a "supporters' heart".Fact|date=October 2007. Several media soundbites over the last few years of Allen's reign as Sheffield Wednesday chairman stoked the criticism. [cite news
url=http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/ViewArticle.aspx?SectionID=4886&ArticleID=3056568
title=Ashton searches for Owls answers
date=2007-07-25
publisher=Yorkshire Post
accessdate=2008-02-14
]

Allen resigned as Chairman and a Director of Sheffield Wednesday on 23 November 2007, [cite news
url=http://www.swfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/0,,10304~1174533,00.html
title=Club statement
date=2007-11-23
publisher=SWFC.co.uk
accessdate=2008-02-14
] but still holds around 10% of the shares.

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