Stewart Evans

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Stewart Evans
Personal information
Full name Stewart John Evans
Date of birth (1960-11-05) 5 November 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth Maltby, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Centre forward / Defender
Youth career
Rotherham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1979 Rotherham United 0 (0)
1979–1980 Gainsborough Trinity
1980–1982 Sheffield United 0 (0)
1982–1986 Wimbledon 175 (50)
1986–1987 West Bromwich Albion 14 (1)
1987–1988 Plymouth Argyle 45 (10)
1988–1991 Rotherham United 65 (14)
1991 Torquay United (loan) 15 (5)
1991–1994 Crewe Alexandra 83 (12)
1994–199x Denaby United
199x–1999 Maltby Main
1999–200x Parkgate
Teams managed
2002–2004 Parkgate
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stewart John Evans (born 15 November 1960 in Maltby, West Riding of Yorkshire)[1] is an English former professional footballer who scored 92 goals from 397 games in the Football League playing for Wimbledon, West Bromwich Albion, Plymouth Argyle, Rotherham United, Torquay United and Crewe Alexandra.[2]

Career[edit]

Evans, a tall centre-forward who could also play in the centre of defence, began his career as an apprentice with Rotherham United. He turned professional in November 1978, but was released without making his league debut. In November 1980 he joined Sheffield United from Gainsborough Trinity, but left to join Wimbledon in March 1982 before appearing in the Blades first team.[1][2]

He had more success with the Dons, instantly slotting into Dave Bassett's side, partnering Alan Cork up front. He helped Wimbledon to promotions from the Fourth to the First Division,[3] scoring 50 times in 175 games in the process,[2] but in August 1986, just before Wimbledon were about to embark on their first ever season in the top flight, Evans was sold to newly relegated West Bromwich Albion for £60,000. He stayed less than a season at the Hawthorns, joining Plymouth Argyle for £50,000 and, after recovering from injury played his part in Argyle's surprising challenge for promotion.

In November 1988, after 10 goals in 45 games for the Pilgrims, he moved to Rotherham United for £40,000. He joined Torquay United on loan in March 1991, hitting 5 goals in 15 games and playing in the successful play-off final at Wembley against Blackpool. In September that year he left Rotherham, after 14 goals in 65 league games, joining Crewe Alexandra. He played 83 times for Crewe, scoring 12 times, but left after helping them to promotion in the 1993–94 season.

Evans then moved back into non-league football with Denaby United, where he won the Northern Counties East Football League title in the 1996–97 season,[4] Maltby Main and Parkgate.[5] In March 2002 he took over as player-manager of the Northern Counties East League club, resigning during the 2004–05 season.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Past Players" (Word document). Rotherham United F.C. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Stewart Evans". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "1980 to 1989". Memories of the Dons. Dave Hambly. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "New Homes Foe Ex-Denaby Utd Stars". South Yorkshire Times. 16 October 2002. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Stewart Evans". NonLeague Daily. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "The History Of Parkgate FC". Parkgate F.C. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2009.