Allen joined Nemo Rangers in 1964 and within six years he achieved major success.
Another loss in the 1971 senior championship was a bitter pill for Dinny to swallow but the disappointment was put behind him a year later when Nemo were crowned champions.
“Mary’s lost the final 3-1 and to this day I would put it down as the worst decision I made in sport.”
A sign of his sporting prowess was the fact he hurled with Cork at senior level before he made his mark with the footballers, capturing a Munster medal in '75, though he wasn't involved in subsequent years when they landed three All-Irelands.
Dinny had to wait until 1989 to get his hands on a All-Ireland senior football medal, a year when the Rebels also secured the league. After a spell outside the Cork panel, he had been recalled by Billy Morgan and duly got to lift Sam Maguire.
Dinny Allen won eight Cork senior football championships medals with Nemo Rangers and four All-Ireland club titles.
Allen played junior soccer with St Mary’s of Cork before joining Cork Hibs in 1972.
He won an All-Ireland football medal when he captained Cork in 1989. The county completed the double that year also winning the National Football league.
Dinny continued to be involved with his club in a coaching capacity at both football and hurling.