Bamber Bridge, Nelson, AFC Fylde
AFC Fylde's rise to the Conference North has been dramatic and since 2008 when the present club name was adopted nobody has contributed more goals to the Coasters' cause than Richie Allen (pictured). Before leaving to sign for The Ammies Richie was the last player left at Kellamergh Park who participated in the 2008 FA Vase final when Kirkham and Wesham (as they were then known) beat Lowestoft Town at Wembley. Richie left AFC Fylde at the end of the 2012/2013 season to join Nelson but after scoring more than 20 goals by Christmas he was back at Kellamergh Park to revitalise the Coasters' promotion challenge. Eighteen goals in twenty-three appearances helped AFC Fylde to promotion from the Northern Premier League and last season Richie scored 25 goals in all competitions as the club achieved their highest ever finish within the non-league pyramid.
Having signed for Salford in the September of 2015 Richie made his debut during the 1-0 win at Barwell and was soon amongst the goals for his new club.He went on to make almost 40 appearances during that campaign, scoring 17 times, including a splendid second goal against Notts County in the televised FA Cup tie in November.
A return of almost one goal in every two appearances was invaluable as the club chased their second successive promotion and achieved their best ever FA Cup performance.
Salford City Apperances (up to 30th June 2016)
League: 27 (9 as sub), 14 goals
Cup: 10 (3 as sub), 3 goals
Total: 37 (12 as sub), 17 goals