Oliver James Allen
Born in Norwich on the 27th May 1982, Oliver is the son of former rider Dave Allen and elder brother of former rider Tommy.
Affectionately known as ‘Olly’, in 1997 a fresh faced Olly signed his first contract in the UK with local club Peterborough to ride in their development team.
During his first season Olly played a key role in winning the league title and he went on to move into the main team the following year and win the league once again, despite the tougher opponents..
In 1999, Olly switched clubs to Swindon where he continued to build up his skills. More honours came for Olly in the 2000 season when he won the Knock-Out Cup and Young Shield.
More success came in the 2005 season when he won the Knockout-Cup for a second time, his performances for the Robins attracted Elite League club Coventry who opted to sign Olly from Swindon at the start of the 2006 season.
During December of 2006 Olly went to ride in the highly competitive Australian scene, whilst out there he won the Queensland State Championship.
His time with Coventry proved to be a success. In his first season with the Bees he managed to win the Elite Shield at the start of the season and then his third Knock-Out Cup towards the end of the year.
A second league championship win came for Olly whilst riding in the 2007 season with Coventry. Olly played a part in what was a golden season for the Bees who also scooped the Knock-Out Cup and Craven Shield to record a famous treble.
After this huge success the Bees opted to bring Olly to the club on a permanent basis and concluded a deal with Swindon for his full transfer.
Olly left Coventry for Ipswich on loan in 2010 but the team opted for changes in the middle of the season. On hearing this news, his local club. Premier League King’s Lynn, snapped Olly up for the remainder of the season. Olly immediately slotted into a high scoring groove for the Stars, quickly racing to an average in excess of 9 points per meeting.
In 2011, Olly was one of the first riders to be confirmed for King’s Lynn who opted to move up a division to the Elite League. His experience and performances in the previous season were a key factor in his inclusion for 2011.
Installed as Captain, Olly led the team to a play-off semi-final position at their first attempt since stepping up. His performances for the club has also earned him a squad place in Great Britain’s World Cup team.