Ray Evans (footballer)

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Ray Evans
Personal information
Full name Raymond Leslie Evans[1]
Date of birth (1949-09-20) 20 September 1949 (age 65)[1]
Place of birth Edmonton, London, England[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1974 Tottenham Hotspur 134 (2)
1975–1976 Millwall 74 (3)
1977 St. Louis Stars 18 (0)
1977–1978 Fulham 86 (6)
1978 California Surf 24 (1)
1979–1981 Stoke City 94 (1)
1982–1983 Seattle Sounders 60 (15)
1983–1986 Tacoma Stars (indoor) 85 (24)
1989 Seattle Storm
Total 575 (52)
Teams managed
Tacoma Stars (assistant)
Columbia Basin College
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Raymond Leslie "Ray" Evans (born 20 September 1949) is a former English footballer who played in the position of full back in England and the United States. He played for Tottenham Hotspur, Millwall, Fulham and Stoke City.[1]

Career[edit]

Evans was born in Edmonton, London and joined Tottenham Hotspur as an apprentice in May 1965, and signed as a full professional in 1967, making his league debut in March 1969 at Arsenal. He made 181 appearances including four as substitute in all competitions for the club between 1969–1974 and scored two goals.[2] Evans featured in both legs of the 1974 UEFA Cup Final against Feyenoord with Spurs losing 4–2 on aggregate.

He joined Millwall for a fee of £35,000 in January 1975. He helped the Lions win promotion to the Second Division in 1975–76 and made 91 appearances for the club in three seasons.During the summer of 1977, Evans played for the St. Louis Stars of the North American Soccer League. He transferred to Fulham in March 1977 where he played 91 for the Craven Cottage side as they posted three season of mid-table in the Second Division. In 1978, he returned to the United States where he played for the California Surf. He was selected for the First Team All-Star team in 1978.[3] In August 1979 he return to England and signed for Stoke City.[1] He played 44 times for Stoke in 1979–80 scoring a penalty against Aston Villa.[1] He played in 36 matches in 1980–81 and 26 times in 1981–82. He returned to the United States after making 106 appearances for the Potters.[1]

In 1982, he moved permanently to the United States when he signed with the Seattle Sounders for two seasons.[4][5] In the autumn of 1983, he moved to the newly established Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He would play three seasons for Tacoma before announcing his retirement in May 1986.[6] In 1989, he came out of retirement to play one season in the Western Soccer Alliance with the Seattle Storm.[7]

Coaching career[edit]

While with the Tacoma Stars, Evans also served as an assistant coach. He is now the head coach of the Columbia Basin College, Washington, USA[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 1968–69 First Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1969–70 First Division 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
1970–71 First Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1971–72 First Division 22 0 4 0 5 0 6 0 37 0
1972–73 First Division 22 0 2 0 6 0 8 1 38 1
1973–74 First Division 40 2 1 0 1 0 11 1 53 3
1974–75 First Division 21 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 22 0
Total 134 2 7 0 13 0 25 2 179 4
Millwall 1974–75 Second Division 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
1975–76 Third Division 32 1 5 0 2 0 0 0 39 1
1976–77 Second Division 29 1 1 0 9 3 0 0 39 4
Total 74 3 6 0 11 3 0 0 91 6
St. Louis Stars 1977 NASL 18 0 18 0
Total 18 0 18 0
Fulham 1976–77 Second Division 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
1977–78 Second Division 39 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 42 4
1978–79 Second Division 35 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 37 2
Total 86 6 3 0 2 0 0 0 91 6
California Surf 1978 NASL 24 1 24 1
Total 24 1 24 1
Stoke City 1979–80 First Division 40 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 44 1
1980–81 First Division 32 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 36 0
1981–82 First Division 22 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 25 1
Total 94 1 4 0 7 1 0 0 105 2
Seattle Sounders 1982 NASL 31 10 31 10
1983 NASL 29 5 29 5
Total 60 15 60 15
Career Total 490 28 20 0 33 4 25 2 568 34

Honours[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur
Millwall

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ Hugman,B,J (Ed)The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005 (2005) p198 ISBN 1-85291-665-6 Retrieved 17 August 2008
  3. ^ The Year in American Soccer – 1978
  4. ^ 1982 Seattle Sounders stats
  5. ^ 1983 Seattle Sounders stats
  6. ^ STARS' RAY EVANS ENDING HIS 21-YEAR PRO SOCCER CAREER Seattle Post-Intelligencer – Friday, 2 May 1986
  7. ^ 1989 Seattle Storm
  8. ^ [1] Where are they now? Retrieved 18 August 2008

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