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
title=The Racing Pigeon
publisher=The Racing Pigeon Co Ltd

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
title=The Rich List 2006
publisher=The Sunday Times
] however by 2007 he had dropped out of the top 1,000 richest people in Britain. [cite news
title=The Rich List 2007
publisher=The Sunday Times

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
title=Ashton searches for Owls answers
publisher=Yorkshire Post

Allen resigned as Chairman and a Director of Sheffield Wednesday on 23 November 2007, [cite news
title=Club statement
] but still holds around 10% of the shares.


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