Gareth Evans (footballer, born 1988)

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Gareth Evans
Gareth Evans 26-10-2013 1.jpg
Evans playing for Fleetwood Town in 2013
Personal information
Full name Gareth Charles Evans[1]
Date of birth (1988-04-26) 26 April 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Macclesfield, England[2]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Fleetwood Town
Number 7
Youth career
1994–1995 Crewe Alexandra
1995–2002 Manchester United
2002–2006 Crewe Alexandra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Crewe Alexandra 0 (0)
2006 Leigh RMI (loan)
2007 Alsager Town (loan)
2007–2009 Macclesfield Town 82 (19)
2009–2011 Bradford City 79 (14)
2011–2013 Rotherham United 45 (9)
2013– Fleetwood Town 53 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:34, 21 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Gareth Charles Evans (born 26 April 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Fleetwood Town.

Career[edit]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

Born in Macclesfield, Evans started his career with Manchester United as part of the youth setup.

Despite being touted as a future star by Alex Ferguson he decided to re-join Crewe Alexandra under Dario Gradi due to their excellent record for mentoring youth players. He had previously been with Crewe from the age of seven before joining Manchester United where he stayed until 14 years of age.

Due to the relegation of Crewe in 2005–06 season and the judgement of the new Manager, Steve Holland, Evans was released by the club.

Macclesfield Town[edit]

After leaving Crewe, Evans played in the PFA exit trials and joined Port Vale under Martin Foyle. He scored and impressed in pre-season for them and went on the pre-season tour, but as Foyle had already signed several players that summer, no budget was available for younger inexperienced players. As a result, however, he was recommended to Ian Brightwell at Macclesfield Town so that he could gain experience of league football. Evans signed for the League Two side during the 2007–08 season. He was given the number 26 jersey. Still just 20, he become a first team regular scoring twelve goals and with a number of assists including a goal at West Ham in the Carling Cup. His energy and work rate made him a big hit with the Macclesfield fans.

Bradford City[edit]

On 1 July 2009, Bradford signed Evans from Macclesfield for an undisclosed fee believed to be £30,000. He made his debut on the opening day of the season, coming on as a second half substitute against eventual league winners Notts County.[3] He scored his first Bradford goal in a 5–4 away win to Cheltenham.[4] In November during a 1–1 home draw against Accrington, Evans missed a last minute penalty, that hit a fan in the lower tier of the stand behind the goal, knocking them to the ground.[5] He finished his first season with the Bantams with 11 goals, including two braces in wins against Torquay and Northampton.[6] The first goal in the match against Northampton was nominated for Mitre Goal of the Year and finished in the top 10.[7] His finished his second season with three goals, coming in wins against Stevenage, Stockport and Lincoln.[8] He was released by Bradford at the end of the season, and signed for Yorkshire neighbours and League Two rivals Rotherham United on 3 June 2011.[9]

Rotherham United[edit]

He scored two goals on his debut for the Millers against Plymouth, as Rotherham won 4–1.[10] He scored again in two home wins against Gillingham and Dagenham, and then in successive away draws against Morecambe and Northampton. He returned to face former club Bradford for the first time in November, however he was injured after just 12 minutes and had to be substituted.[11] On 28 April 2012, he scored a penalty in a 2–2 draw against Aldershot Town.[12] His first two goals of the following season came against former club Bradford on 1 September 2012.[13]

Fleetwood Town[edit]

On 1 January 2013, Evans moved to League Two side Fleetwood Town on a free transfer.[14] He scored his first goal for the club on 23 March, in a 2–1 win against Dagenham & Redbridge.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 January 2014.[16]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Macclesfield Town 2007–08 42 7 1 0 1 0 1 0 45 7
2008–09 40 12 2 0 2 1 0 0 44 13
Bradford City 2009–10 43 11 1 0 1 0 2 0 47 11
2010–11 36 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 38 3
Rotherham United 2011–12 32 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 34 7
2012–13 13 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 15 2
Fleetwood Town 2012–13 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
2013–14 20 4 3 0 2 1 4 0 28 5
Career total 242 47 9 0 8 2 7 0 267 49

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/07/2011 and 31/07/2011" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 523. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Notts County 5–0 Bradford" BBC Sport. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Cheltenham 4–5 Bradford" BBC Sport. 22 August 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Fan pays penalty for Evans miss" BBC Sport. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Club Statistics" Bradford City. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Evans up for Mitre Goal of the Year" Bradford City. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Club Statistics" Bradford City. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Evans joins Rotherham United" Bradford City. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Plymouth 1–4 Rotherham" 13 August 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  11. ^ "Bradford 2–3 Rotherham" 19 November 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Aldershot 2–2 Rotherham" BBC Sport. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Rotherham 4–0 Bradford" BBC Sport. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  14. ^ "Gareth Evans, David Lucas & Mozesh Gyorio sign". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Fleetwood 2–1 Dag & Red". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  16. ^ Gareth Evans career stats at Soccerbase

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