Chris Smith's seal of approval as Tom Allan joins York City's first-team squad

Teenage York City defender Tom Allan, right

Teenage York City defender Tom Allan, right

Published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

SKIPPER Chris Smith has welcomed York City’s newest pro, Tom Allan, into the first-team squad.

The teenager, in the second year of his scholarship, signed a professional contract last week and made the trip to Plymouth with the first team on Saturday.

Smith has been impressed with the 6ft 4in tall defender – on and off the pitch.

Smith shares manager Gary Mills’ opinion that the Minstermen could have a talented prospect on their hands, saying: “He’s a good, young lad who has matured so much over the last year and must have worked hard over the summer.

“He’s still got more growing to do and will fill out a bit more on the weights. Last year, he was a left-back and was a bit tentative when he had the ball but he’s come back as a left-sided centre-half and the best thing he can do is train with us and learn from the defenders we have at the club.

“York needs good young players to come through and, if he’s good enough, the gaffer will have no qualms about playing him. Then, he either kicks on with York or gets a move.

“I’ve not seen him in many games but, in training, I think he has all the attributes to become a very good centre-half. He has a good attitude and that’s important because it’s not all about what you can do as a player.

“He’s a good lad off the pitch. I saw Dean Saunders saying on Football Focus that he values character over talent when he’s picking a team.

“He believes the importance of character is massive and Tom has good character.”

York-born Allan was subjected to the usual initiation rituals during the weekend trip to Plymouth, including singing Katie Perry and Pixie Lott songs in front of his team-mates, as well as coffee and tea-making duties on the coach.

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11:04am Wed 12 Dec 12

Phil, Leeds says...

Singing Katie Perry and Pixie Lott songs - God help us, how awful. I must be getting old!
Singing Katie Perry and Pixie Lott songs - God help us, how awful. I must be getting old! Phil, Leeds
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11:32am Wed 12 Dec 12

HTC says...

Phil, Leeds wrote:
Singing Katie Perry and Pixie Lott songs - God help us, how awful. I must be getting old!
Isn't that the point of an "initiation ritual"? It's supposed to be awful.
[quote][p][bold]Phil, Leeds[/bold] wrote: Singing Katie Perry and Pixie Lott songs - God help us, how awful. I must be getting old![/p][/quote]Isn't that the point of an "initiation ritual"? It's supposed to be awful. HTC
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11:34am Wed 12 Dec 12

HTC says...

HTC wrote:
Phil, Leeds wrote:
Singing Katie Perry and Pixie Lott songs - God help us, how awful. I must be getting old!
Isn't that the point of an "initiation ritual"? It's supposed to be awful.
Ah, I see you meant it should have been much worse - possibly the finer details of the full "ceremony" can't be published in the press as it's too sordid.
[quote][p][bold]HTC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phil, Leeds[/bold] wrote: Singing Katie Perry and Pixie Lott songs - God help us, how awful. I must be getting old![/p][/quote]Isn't that the point of an "initiation ritual"? It's supposed to be awful.[/p][/quote]Ah, I see you meant it should have been much worse - possibly the finer details of the full "ceremony" can't be published in the press as it's too sordid. HTC
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11:56am Wed 12 Dec 12

headhunter100 says...

Well done Tom. Still say that the Youth Team picked this time round was not right, brilliant lad I keep trying to promote who is losing his fitness quickly after 5 years with the Academy. Has a fantastic attitude and character, knows the game inside out, brilliant striker sent down the road, set up all goals in the Under 16's last season
Well done Tom. Still say that the Youth Team picked this time round was not right, brilliant lad I keep trying to promote who is losing his fitness quickly after 5 years with the Academy. Has a fantastic attitude and character, knows the game inside out, brilliant striker sent down the road, set up all goals in the Under 16's last season headhunter100
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1:35pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Tug job says...

Phil, Leeds wrote:
Singing Katie Perry and Pixie Lott songs - God help us, how awful. I must be getting old!
Perhaps that's why Smithy was "desperate" to stay at Luton?
[quote][p][bold]Phil, Leeds[/bold] wrote: Singing Katie Perry and Pixie Lott songs - God help us, how awful. I must be getting old![/p][/quote]Perhaps that's why Smithy was "desperate" to stay at Luton? Tug job
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2:10pm Wed 12 Dec 12

old_school_minsterman says...

headhunter100 wrote:
Well done Tom. Still say that the Youth Team picked this time round was not right, brilliant lad I keep trying to promote who is losing his fitness quickly after 5 years with the Academy. Has a fantastic attitude and character, knows the game inside out, brilliant striker sent down the road, set up all goals in the Under 16's last season
Stop harping on about this 'teenage sensation' that you are aware of! A decent u16 player often does not make a great senior pro. A bitter parent of a rejected YT perhaps?! Haha!
[quote][p][bold]headhunter100[/bold] wrote: Well done Tom. Still say that the Youth Team picked this time round was not right, brilliant lad I keep trying to promote who is losing his fitness quickly after 5 years with the Academy. Has a fantastic attitude and character, knows the game inside out, brilliant striker sent down the road, set up all goals in the Under 16's last season[/p][/quote]Stop harping on about this 'teenage sensation' that you are aware of! A decent u16 player often does not make a great senior pro. A bitter parent of a rejected YT perhaps?! Haha! old_school_minsterman
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2:44pm Wed 12 Dec 12

andy jamo says...

i do hope tom sang em that class madness hit on the way home from plymouth.
you're an embarrassment.
i do hope tom sang em that class madness hit on the way home from plymouth. you're an embarrassment. andy jamo
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7:32pm Wed 12 Dec 12

headhunter100 says...

Definitely not his parent. Just think its all a farse the picking process, if your not in the know obviously. No, family or lad will not even know I am doing this. Just someone I know who has been cheated out of his place and trying to get across that some lads playing in the first year are not as good as . Don't mock comments you know nothing about. We obviously cannot voice an opinion on here. Signing off and will not comment again.
Definitely not his parent. Just think its all a farse the picking process, if your not in the know obviously. No, family or lad will not even know I am doing this. Just someone I know who has been cheated out of his place and trying to get across that some lads playing in the first year are not as good as . Don't mock comments you know nothing about. We obviously cannot voice an opinion on here. Signing off and will not comment again. headhunter100
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11:54pm Wed 12 Dec 12

redbluelion says...

headhunter100 wrote:
Definitely not his parent. Just think its all a farse the picking process, if your not in the know obviously. No, family or lad will not even know I am doing this. Just someone I know who has been cheated out of his place and trying to get across that some lads playing in the first year are not as good as . Don't mock comments you know nothing about. We obviously cannot voice an opinion on here. Signing off and will not comment again.
i know what you mean if your not an happy clapper you can't post on here without some knob having a go..
[quote][p][bold]headhunter100[/bold] wrote: Definitely not his parent. Just think its all a farse the picking process, if your not in the know obviously. No, family or lad will not even know I am doing this. Just someone I know who has been cheated out of his place and trying to get across that some lads playing in the first year are not as good as . Don't mock comments you know nothing about. We obviously cannot voice an opinion on here. Signing off and will not comment again.[/p][/quote]i know what you mean if your not an happy clapper you can't post on here without some knob having a go.. redbluelion
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8:53am Thu 13 Dec 12

chalkytalky says...

headhunter100 wrote:
Definitely not his parent. Just think its all a farse the picking process, if your not in the know obviously. No, family or lad will not even know I am doing this. Just someone I know who has been cheated out of his place and trying to get across that some lads playing in the first year are not as good as . Don't mock comments you know nothing about. We obviously cannot voice an opinion on here. Signing off and will not comment again.
I know a current youth team player and one who was released last year. Whilst from what I've seen the club don't always help the lads in their development with a lack of 'mens' football available they are fair with their selection process at the end of the day.
The lad who was let go last year didn't believe that anyone who was let go should have been kept on (himself included). Which would say to me the process works. Also said Allen deserves a deal as he is a top player.
[quote][p][bold]headhunter100[/bold] wrote: Definitely not his parent. Just think its all a farse the picking process, if your not in the know obviously. No, family or lad will not even know I am doing this. Just someone I know who has been cheated out of his place and trying to get across that some lads playing in the first year are not as good as . Don't mock comments you know nothing about. We obviously cannot voice an opinion on here. Signing off and will not comment again.[/p][/quote]I know a current youth team player and one who was released last year. Whilst from what I've seen the club don't always help the lads in their development with a lack of 'mens' football available they are fair with their selection process at the end of the day. The lad who was let go last year didn't believe that anyone who was let go should have been kept on (himself included). Which would say to me the process works. Also said Allen deserves a deal as he is a top player. chalkytalky
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9:06am Thu 13 Dec 12

headhunter100 says...

Will make one more comment, not talking about a youth team player, talking about one who should have been in the youth team but was rejected, excellent player and the team picking was not accurate. He set up all the under 16's goals, gave his goals away, worked too hard. No more said, when reading comments read them properly.
Will make one more comment, not talking about a youth team player, talking about one who should have been in the youth team but was rejected, excellent player and the team picking was not accurate. He set up all the under 16's goals, gave his goals away, worked too hard. No more said, when reading comments read them properly. headhunter100
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1:41pm Thu 13 Dec 12

nomadic85 says...

if this kid is as good as you say headhunter, and I've no reason to doubt you, then he will get a deal elsewhere. If he is losing fitness already he clearly isn't that motivated to make it in football though.
if this kid is as good as you say headhunter, and I've no reason to doubt you, then he will get a deal elsewhere. If he is losing fitness already he clearly isn't that motivated to make it in football though. nomadic85
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8:47am Fri 14 Dec 12

headhunter100 says...

No cheated out of his youth team place, those lads earn cash and train everyday, this lad has to do A levels, work and fit in training for his new team, so it is so much harder to keep it up,. He does not know I write this about hin, as such a lovely lad. Through heresay I believe a lot of his former coaches at York City believe the same. Sorry I have to say all this, but I hate to see talent go to waste , complete waste and was completely unnecessary **** for the kid. I have seen this lad play since he was 11 and had all the right credentials, waste of time he should have moved on to Hull or Leeds locally and believe you me would probably still be there but stuck with City. Crap.
No cheated out of his youth team place, those lads earn cash and train everyday, this lad has to do A levels, work and fit in training for his new team, so it is so much harder to keep it up,. He does not know I write this about hin, as such a lovely lad. Through heresay I believe a lot of his former coaches at York City believe the same. Sorry I have to say all this, but I hate to see talent go to waste , complete waste and was completely unnecessary **** for the kid. I have seen this lad play since he was 11 and had all the right credentials, waste of time he should have moved on to Hull or Leeds locally and believe you me would probably still be there but stuck with City. Crap. headhunter100
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9:26am Fri 14 Dec 12

chalkytalky says...

Lets have his name pal. Would be interested to ask the lads I know what they think. Like others say if he is good enough he will get a go elsewhere.
Lets have his name pal. Would be interested to ask the lads I know what they think. Like others say if he is good enough he will get a go elsewhere. chalkytalky
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1:10pm Fri 14 Dec 12

headhunter100 says...

Oh believe me the first year youth lads will know who you mean an excellent backbone striker who has been with them all the way apart from now.
Oh believe me the first year youth lads will know who you mean an excellent backbone striker who has been with them all the way apart from now. headhunter100
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2:44pm Fri 14 Dec 12

footballmum8 says...

I have been told that someone is writing about my son on this website, headhunter100 so I have signed up just now to write my comment. Thank you for backing him and promoting his readiness and goodness to be a footballer. Yes he played some fantastic football from being 11 for York City and York City Schoolboys gaining players player award etc, and as you say was one of the backbones of the team and scored and set up many goals, a lot of the team relied on his hard working attitude, so yes he was very disappointed to not get a Youth Team place along with everyone else in his Under 16 team. He is hard working with A Levels now but his main aim in life would be to play professional, but as you rightly say , York have taken that opportunity from him, as once you leave an academy, not much chance elsewhere. I dont know who you are but if you know us please make yourself known. I know Toms family and we wish him all the best for the future .
I have been told that someone is writing about my son on this website, headhunter100 so I have signed up just now to write my comment. Thank you for backing him and promoting his readiness and goodness to be a footballer. Yes he played some fantastic football from being 11 for York City and York City Schoolboys gaining players player award etc, and as you say was one of the backbones of the team and scored and set up many goals, a lot of the team relied on his hard working attitude, so yes he was very disappointed to not get a Youth Team place along with everyone else in his Under 16 team. He is hard working with A Levels now but his main aim in life would be to play professional, but as you rightly say , York have taken that opportunity from him, as once you leave an academy, not much chance elsewhere. I dont know who you are but if you know us please make yourself known. I know Toms family and we wish him all the best for the future . footballmum8
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