Evan Williams (rugby)

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Evan Williams
Personal information
Born 18 June 1906
Port Talbot, Wales
Died 18 November 1976 (aged 70)
Leeds, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1925–25 Aberavon RFC
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1925 Wales 2 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Centre, Stand-off/Five-eighth, Scrum-half/Halfback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1925–≥39 Leeds 415 75 180
Source: scrum.com

Evan Williams (18 June 1906 — 18 November 1976 (aged 70)), born in Port Talbot, was a Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1920s and '30s. He played representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales and at club level for Aberavon RFC as a Centre as number 12 or 13 and played club level rugby league (RL) for Leeds, as a Centre, Stand-off/Five-eighth, or Scrum-half/Halfback, as number 3, 4, 6, or 7,[1] He died in Leeds.

Playing career[edit]

Williams made his début for Leeds on 7 November 1925. He played in the 1931–32 Northern Rugby Football League season's Challenge Cup win in 1932 and again in 1936 when his three kicks against Warrington gave Leeds the 18-2 victory.[2]

International Honours[edit]

Evan Williams won caps for Wales (RU) while at Aberavon RFC in 1925 against England, Scotland, and France.[3] Evans won his first cap aged 18 which at the time made him the second youngest player to represent Wales after Norman Biggs in 1888.

Rugby Football League Championship final appearances[edit]

Evan Williams played Centre as number 3 in Leeds' 2-8 defeat by Hunslet in the 1937-38 Rugby Football League Championship final at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 30 April 1938.[4]

Personal Life[edit]

Evan Williams' marriage to Eunice John was registered during July→September 1926 in Leeds district.[5] They had four children, Rowland, Bryan (birth registered during October→December 1929 in Leeds North district), Barrie (birth registered during April→June 1932 in Leeds North district), and Gwynneth (birth registered during October→December 1947 in Leeds district).


  1. ^ Robert Gate (1986). "Gone North - Volume 1". R. E. Gate. ISBN 0-9511190-0-1
  2. ^ "On this Day". therhinos.co.uk. Leeds Rhinos. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Statistics at scrum.com". scrum.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "History of Leeds Rugby League Club". britishrugbyleague.blogspot.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Marriage details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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