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Kevin Andrew Gallen (born 21 September 1975 in Chiswickmarker) is an English professional footballer who plays for Luton Town.

A former England Under-21 striker, Gallen signed a professional contract for Queens Park Rangers on his 17th birthday after setting phenomenal scoring records whilst in the youth team, breaking Jimmy Greaves' long-standing record at that level.

Playing Career

Queens Park Rangers

Gallen made his Queens Park Rangers league debut in the Premier League at Old Traffordmarker on the opening day of the 1994–95 season, and later went on to form a partnership with Les Ferdinand, scoring more than ten goals. Gallen's form dipped the next season after Ferdinand departed for Newcastle United, as QPR were relegated to The First Division.

After just two games of the 1996–97 season, in which he scored three goals, Gallen sustained a serious knee injury whilst playing against Portsmouth, which resulted in him missing the rest of the season.

His return to the team saw mixed performances, but by the 1998-99 season he was back to his best form, before injuries again held him back and the arrival of Rob Steiner and Chris Kiwomya kept him out of the team.

The 1999-00 campaign saw Gallen fall behind Kiwomya, Steiner, Steve Slade and Mikkel Beck in the pecking order. He did, however, manage to score a winning goal on the last day of the season at the ground where his injury troubles had started – Portsmouth.

Huddersfield and Barnsley

In August 2000 he left QPR to find first-team football at Huddersfield Town. His return to Loftus Roadmarker as an opposition player saw him score, but then miss a penalty. Gallen soon found himself out in the cold once more as Huddersfield changed managers, and his contract was not renewed at the end of the season.

Gallen spent the summer of 2001 training with QPR, now in Division Two, with a view to joining on a free transfer, but a compromise on wages could not be reached. He instead joined Barnsley on a two-year contract.

Return to QPR

The deal at Barnsley proved to be a short-lived, as Gallen re-joined Queens Park Rangers on 19 November 2001. Two days after returning to his boyhood club he scored one and set up two others in an emphatic 4–0 home win over Swindon.

A change in fortunes soon followed for Gallen and QPR, with Gallen earning the club captaincy, netting another 55 goals over the ensuing five seasons and helping the club to establish itself back in the second tier of English football. Overall, Gallen scored 97 goals for QPR, making him the sixth highest scorer in the club's history.

Plymouth and MK Dons

On 11 January 2007 Gallen linked up with his former QPR manager Ian Holloway, joining Plymouth Argyle on loan until the end of 2006-07 season. During his spell at Home Parkmarker he scored once in the league, during a 3–2 victory over Coventry City. He was released by QPR in July 2007. He was offered a contract by Plymouth Argyle, but instead opted to join a lower-level club – Milton Keynes Dons. Gallen played 31 games and scored nine goals as MK Dons won both promotion to League One as champions, and The Football League Trophy.

Luton Town

On 14 November 2008, Gallen joined League Two side Luton Town on an initial one-month loan, which was later extended by a further month. His run in the team at Luton coincided with a seven match unbeaten run for The Hatters, with Gallen often being used as a midfielder. At the beginning of January, Gallen had his contract at MK Dons terminated by mutual consent, and he subsequently signed for Luton as a free agent. Gallen signed a one-year extension to his Luton contract at the end of the season, a campaign that ultimately ended in Luton's relegation to the Conference, keeping him at the club until June 2010. Now in non-league football, Gallen found himself utilised back in his familiar position as a striker, scoring seven goals in the first part of the 2009–10 season.

Honours

England U-18 Queens Park Rangers Milton Keynes Dons

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