Experienced ball-playing goalkeeper Ryan Allsop joined the Tigers on a free transfer at the end of August 2023, after sitting on the bench twice he was given his Tigers debut by Liam Rosenior in a high profile mid-September 2023 match against Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.
Ryan Allsop was born in Birmingham and came into football through the academy system at West Bromwich Albion. He did not make a first team appearance for the Baggies and a short loan spell at League 2 strugglers Stockport County in November 2010 also failed to see him start a senior fixture. Allsop transferred to Championship side Millwall in May 2011 but in a season at The New Den he again made no senior appearances. After a short spell at Icelandic side Ithrottafelagio Hottur during the summer of 2012 that yielded 10 appearances, Allsop returned to England in July 2012 and signed a short term deal with League 1 side Leyton Orient.
At Brisbane Road Allsop finally made his English senior bow in an August 2012 League Cup tie against Charlton Athletic. He returned to the first team in early September 2012 and kept his place for the next four months, impressing with some fine performances, Ryan’s form was sufficient for League 1 title contenders Bournemouth to sign him in January 2013 on expiry of his Leyton Orient contract – Ryan made 24 appearances for the Os. Allsop was Bournemouth’s fisrt team goalkeeper for March and April 2013 as the Cherries finished second in the table and won promotion to the Championship. He was first choice keeper for Bournemouth during the first two months of the 2013/14 season before dropping out of the first team in late October 2013 – although he remained a Cherries player for another four and a half years he made only three more senior appearances for the club in that time, which took his Bournemouth tally to 27 appearances.
For the next four seasons Ryan enjoyed a series of loan spells. In July 2014 he started a half season loan at League 1 side Coventry City, making 27 appearances for the Sky Blues. After making his Premier League debut for Bournemouth in November 2015 against Everton, Ryan joined League 2 Wycombe Wanderers on a half season loan in late January 2016 and made 18 appearances – then in May 2016 he had a seven day emergency loan at League 2 play-off contenders Portsmouth, starting both play-off semi-final ties as Plymouth Argyle narrowly won a south coast duel. Allsop stayed at Bournemouth for the 2016/17 season and made a second Premier League appearance against Leicester City in May 2017. He then spent the first half of the 2017/18 season at League 1 side Blackpool, making 23 appearances, before ending the season at League 2 contenders Lincoln City where he added 20 appearances, started the April 2018 EFL Trophy Final at Wembley that saw Lincoln lift the trophy after beating Shrewsbury Town, then started both legs of the May 2018 League 2 play-off semi-final that saw Exeter City win 3-1 on aggregate.
In June 2018 Ryan ended his five year tenure at Bournemouth and joined former loan club Wycombe Wanderers, now a League 1 side. Over the next three seasons Allsop was first choice goalkeeper and helped pilot the Chairboys to promotion at the end of the 2019/20 season, winning a play-off semi-final at the third attempt against Fleetwood Town before playing 90 minutes in the Wembley final against Oxford United that Wycombe won 2-1. Allsop started the 2020/21 Championship season as Wycombe’s first choice between the posts but as the season wore on and goals rained in, Ryan was withdrawn in February 2021. He left the club in June 2021 following Wycombe’s relegation back to League 1, having made 129 appearances for the Chairboys.
In August 2021 Allsop joined financially challenged Championship side Derby County, where he first encountered future Tigers manager Liam Rosenior – Ryan was the Rams’ first choice for most of the season, making 33 appearances as he experienced a second consecutive Championship relegation. In June 2022 he joined Championship side Cardiff City and started 43 matches as the Bluebirds narrowly avoided the bottom three, denying Ryan an unwanted relegation hattrick. He left Cardiff in August 2023 to join Hull City.
Allsop made his international debut for England’s Under-17 side in July 2008 against Finland and by an October 2008 match against Estonia he had made five appearances. He was not chosen for any subsequent England age groups.
Date/Place of Birth: 17 June 1992, Birmingham
Hull City First Game: 20 September 2023, Leeds United H (Championship), 31 years, 95 days old
Hull City Final Game: [current player]
West Bromwich Albion (2008-2011). Stockport County (2010, loan), Millwall (2011-2012), Ithrottafelagio Hottur (2012), Leyton Orient (2012-2013), Bournemouth (2013-2018), Coventry City (2014-2015, loan), Wycombe Wanderers (2016, loan), Portsmouth (2016, loan), Blackpool (2017-2018, loan), Lincoln City (2018, loan), Wycombe Wanderers (2018-2021), Derby County (2021-2022), Cardiff City (2022-2023), Hull City (2023-current)
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Career: 11 apps, 0 goalsRyan Allsop