Ched Evans

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Ched Evans
Ched Evans in his Wales shirt prior to a fixture
Evans before a Wales under-21 game
Personal information
Full name Chedwyn Michael Evans[1]
Date of birth (1988-12-28) 28 December 1988 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth St Asaph, Wales[2]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1999-2000 Rhyl
2000–2002 Chester City
2002–2007 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Manchester City 16 (1)
2007–2008 Norwich City (loan) 28 (10)
2009–2012 Sheffield United 103 (42)
National team
2006–2007 Wales U19 4 (1)
2007–2009 Wales U21 13 (13)
2008–2011 Wales 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:48, 30 May 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:43, 23 June 2012 (UTC)

Chedwyn Michael "Ched" Evans (born 28 December 1988) is a footballer who plays as a striker.

Born in St Asaph, Denbighshire, Evans was signed by Manchester City from Chester City's youth set up in 2002 and he subsequently progressed through the ranks. Evans was loaned to Norwich City in 2007, where he scored 10 goals in 28 league appearances, before returning to his parent club. With first team opportunities at City limited he was subsequently sold to Sheffield United for £3 million in 2009. After an unspectacular first two seasons at Bramall Lane he scored 35 goals during the 2011–12 season. Evans also represented Wales at Wales under-21 and senior level, scoring on his debut for the national side in 2008, and making a total of 13 appearances.

In April 2012, Evans was convicted of rape and sentenced to five years in prison, a conviction which was upheld by the Court of Appeal in November 2012. He was released from prison on 17 October 2014.

Club career

Manchester City

Evans began his playing career in Rhyl,[1] before spending two seasons in Chester City's youth set-up from where he moved to Manchester City in 2002 following the closure of Chester's youth team.[3] During the 2006–07 season, Evans was a regular in the Academy and reserve teams and was also in the side that reached the final of the 2006 FA Youth Cup, where City lost to Liverpool.[4] In May 2007, Evans signed his first professional contract with Manchester City.[5]

Ched Evans warming up before a match for Manchester City
Evans warming up before a Manchester City game in 2008

In September 2007 Evans came off the bench to make his senior debut in City’s 1–0 League Cup victory against Norwich City.[6] With first choice opportunities at City limited Evans moved on loan to Norwich City in November of that year, agreeing a deal until 1 January 2008.[7] He made his debut for Norwich the following week when he came on as a substitute in the 3–1 victory over Blackpool.[8] His first goal for the club came two games later, and just two minutes into his first start in a 2–1 victory over Plymouth Argyle at the start of December.[9] Evans returned to Manchester City after his initial loan deal expired in January 2008, having made eight appearances and scored two goals.[10]

Initially, Norwich manager Glenn Roeder's attempts to extend the loan were refused, however, on 10 January, the two clubs agreed a deal to allow Evans to return to Norwich on loan until 26 February, with Manchester City able to recall him after an initial period.[11] However, after talks between the two clubs at the end of January 2008, the deal was extended to allow Evans to stay with the Carrow Road club until the end of the season.[12] Then Manchester City manager Sven-Göran Eriksson stated he had no plans to sell Evans and that he would not be leaving the summer transfer window.[3] Evans played regularly for Norwich for the remainder of his loan spell and by the end of the season he had notched up 10 goals from 20 starts and eight substitute appearances.[10]

Evans made his Premier League debut for Manchester City in the opening game of the following season on 18 August, against Aston Villa. He was not chosen for the starting eleven but replaced Valeri Bojinov, who suffered an injury during the pre-game warm-up.[13] Evans scored his first Premier League goal for Manchester City against Portsmouth on 21 September, scoring the fifth goal as City went on to win 6–0.[14] With City's acquisition of Craig Bellamy and later Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz and Carlos Tévez, Evans opted to leave in 2009 in order to get more first team football.[15]

Sheffield United

Evans joined Sheffield United for an initial fee of £3 million plus possible future add-ons on a three-year deal in July 2009,[16] making his debut for United in the first game of the new season; a 0–0 draw with Middlesbrough.[17] Having bagged a brace for the Wales U21s during the midweek fixtures he then scored his first goal in Blades colours on his home debut, a 2–0 win over Watford.[18] Despite a promising start Evans struggled to maintain any real form and was often relegated to the role of substitute during his first season with the Blades, making 36 appearances but scoring only four goals.[19] The following season Evans was a regular first team choice and his form and scoring rate began to improve, despite the club going through a season of turmoil and battling against relegation. He finished the campaign as top scorer with nine goals in all competitions,[20] but was unable to prevent the team dropping out of the division.[21]

With the Blades now in League One there was speculation that Evans would be sold to ease the clubs wage bill but an injury picked up in the last days of the previous campaign meant he was unavailable until early September,[22] preventing him from moving on to another club. Having returned from injury Evans hit a rich vein of form scoring regularly in both league and cup competitions as the Blades battled for promotion.[23] On 28 March 2012 Evans scored a second half hat trick within 15 minutes against Chesterfield giving him his thirtieth goal of the season in a 4–1 win for the Blades at Bramall Lane.[24] During an impressive third season, Evans drew attention from the Championship and other top flight clubs with his contract scheduled to expire in the summer. However Blades boss Danny Wilson stated that Evans "isn’t even thinking about leaving Bramall Lane. Of course we don’t want to lose Ched. We still need to achieve sustainability whatever division we are in and of course people are bound to take notice of the goals he’s getting, maybe I’m in cloud cuckoo land but I don’t think it always comes down to money and, talking to Ched, I know he’s very happy."[25] Evans was named League One Player of the Month for March 2012,[26] as well as being nominated for 'League One Player of the Season',[27] and in April 2012 Evans was named in the League One PFA Team of the Year.[28] He ended the season with 35 goals in all competitions,[23] but following his rape conviction Evans was released by United at the end of the season.[29]

International career

Wales U21s

Evans gained his first Wales U21 cap in 2007. He became a regular member of the squad and in November 2007 he scored a hat-trick against France U21s.[30] In doing so he became only the fourth player to have scored a hat-trick for the under-21 side, along with John Hartson, Craig Davies and Lee Jones. Evans scored a brace against Bosnia and Herzegovina U21s in October 2009,[31] taking his tally for the Welsh U21s to 13 goals in 12 games.[3]

Wales

Evans made his senior debut for Wales on 28 May 2008, scoring the winning goal (with a back heel) in a 1–0 away friendly victory against Iceland.[32] He has made 13 appearances for Wales in total, scoring once.[33]

Team GB ambitions

On 28 March 2012 Stuart Pearce, the Great Britain Olympic football team manager, was present at the match against Chesterfield, in which Evans scored a hat-trick, taking his season tally to thirty, in a 4–1 win at Bramall Lane. Evans commented on the possibility of representing Team GB at the London 2012 Summer Olympics: "If I was asked then it's something I'd definitely look at doing. I don't know whether I even will be though... But if the chance was there then, like anyone else, I’d certainly have to think about it."[25]

Personal life

Evans was born in St Asaph, Denbighshire.[2] His father left the family after Ched's birth.[34]

After signing for Sheffield United, Evans moved to Millhouse Green, Penistone, in the nearby Barnsley area.[35][36] After the death of former Wales boss and Sheffield United player, coach and manager Gary Speed, Evans revealed a message under his shirt after scoring his first goal in the FA Cup win over Torquay United, which read: "Rest in peace Speedo." Evans stated regarding the death of Gary Speed that "I was a man on a mission. I had a message on my top for Gary Speed which I wanted to show. I'm thankful I got the goal... the crowd started singing [Speed's name] – it gave me goose pimples... not one person has a bad word to say about him, he was a gentleman... even people who haven't met him know how much of a nice man he was... it still hasn't hit home, it still feels surreal."[37]

Rape conviction

Evans and another footballer, Clayton McDonald, were tried at the Crown Court at Caernarfon after being indicted of the rape of a 19-year-old woman, who was deemed too drunk to consent,[38] at a hotel near Rhyl in May 2011. Evans was convicted on 20 April 2012 and was sentenced to five years imprisonment. He was eligible for release after serving half of that sentence.[36][39][40] In August 2012, Evans was refused leave to appeal against the conviction, and he appealed to the Court of Appeal of England and Wales,[41] this decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal in London in November.[42] Evans continues to maintain his innocence,[43] and in November 2013 recruited a new legal team to attempt to clear his name.[44] He was released on 17 October 2014 although remains on the Violent and Sex Offender Register indefinitely.[45][46] Following his release, the Criminal Cases Review Commission announced that they were fast-tracking a review into his conviction.[47]

In April 2014, Sheffield United Co-Chairman Kevin McCabe and new manager Nigel Clough met with Evans in HM Prison Wymott to discuss the possibility of Sheffield United re-signing Evans after his release from prison.[48] Following speculation that Evans could rejoin his former club, a petition was signed by 150,000 people urging the club not to do so, which stated that it would be a "deep insult to the woman who was raped and to all women like her who have suffered at the hands of a rapist".[49][50][51][52][53][54][47]

Career statistics

Club

As of 14 April 2012.[55]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other1 Total
Manchester City Premier League 2007–08 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Norwich City (loan) Championship 2007–08 28 10 0 0 0 0 28 10
Manchester City Premier League 2008–09 16 1 0 0 1 0 8 0 25 1
Sheffield United Championship 2009–10 33 4 3 0 0 0 36 4
2010–11 34 9 1 0 0 0 35 9
League One 2011–12 36 29 4 5 0 0 2 1 42 35
Career totals Manchester City 16 1 0 0 2 0 8 0 0 0 26 1
Norwich City 28 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 10
Sheffield United 103 42 8 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 113 48
Career statistics 147 53 8 5 2 0 8 0 2 1 167 59

International

International statistics

As of 5 May 2012.[33]
National team Season Apps Goals
Wales 2008 7 1
2009 4 0
2010 1 0
2011 1 0
Total 13 1

International goals

Scores and results list Wales' goal tally first.[33]
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 28 May 2008 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík  Iceland 1–0 Friendly 1

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