Terry Evans (footballer, born 1965)

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Terry Evans
Personal information
Full name Terence William Evans[1]
Date of birth (1965-04-12) 12 April 1965 (age 50)
Place of birth Hammersmith, England
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[1]
Playing position Central defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hillingdon
1985–1993 Brentford 229 (23)
1993 Wycombe Wanderers (loan)
1993–1997 Wycombe Wanderers 136 (16)
1997–1998 Kingstonian 38 (3)
Teams managed
1999 Wycombe Wanderers (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Terry Evans (born 12 April 1965) is an English former professional footballer who played as a central defender, making over 360 career appearances. He spent the majority of his career in the Football League with Brentford and Wycombe Wanderers, captaining both clubs. He is a member of the Brentford Hall of Fame. After his retirement from football, Evans served as caretaker manager, assistant manager and physiotherapist at Wycombe.[2] He is currently on the medical team at rugby union side Wasps.[3]

Career[edit]

Brentford[edit]

Born in Hammersmith, Evans began his career with Southern League Southern Division side Hillingdon.[1] He moved into the Football League in the summer of 1985, joining Division Three side Brentford for a £5000 fee.[1] Evans had an uneven beginning to his career at Griffin Park, suffering an injury in a friendly match in February 1986 and making two aborted comebacks, before returning to the side on a regular basis in October 1987,[1] making 32 appearances during the 1987/88 season.[4] He forged a centre back partnership with Keith Millen and eventually became captain of the club.[1] Evans made a career-high 62 appearances during the 1988/89 season, a successful campaign in which he missed just one league game and appeared in all 8 games of Brentford's run to the sixth round of the FA Cup.[4][5]

Evans' greatest season with Brentford came in 1991/92, captaining the side to the Division Three title and promotion to the second tier for the first time since 1954.[1] He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year.[6] Evans had a season to forget in the new Division One, succumbing to injury on the opening day against Wolverhampton Wanderers and only regaining fitness for the final 10 games of the season,[4] a campaign which saw the Bees relegated straight back to the third tier. Early in the 1993/94 season, new manager David Webb preferred Jamie Bates and Shane Westley to Evans and Millen as his centre back pairing and Evans chose to depart the club.[1] Evans made 285 appearances and scored 30 goals during his eight years with Brentford.[1] A cult hero, Evans was named as Brentford's all-time fans' favourite, second greatest player and best-ever captain in a Football League 125th anniversary poll.[7] He was inducted into the Brentford Hall of Fame in August 2014.[8]

Wycombe Wanderers (loan and permanent transfer)[edit]

Evans joined Division Three side Wycombe Wanderers in August 1993 on a six-week loan, linking up with friend and former Brentford teammate Jason Cousins.[9][10] Evans had a difficult debut in a 4-3 victory away to Hereford United on 31 August 1993 and after regaining fitness, his performances led manager Martin O'Neil to sign him on a permanent deal for £40000.[1][10] An injury suffered in a Football League Trophy Southern Area semi-final shootout win over Fulham on 8 February 1994 ruled Evans out for the remainder of the 1993/94 season,[9] though his form prior to the injury was such that he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.[6] After Wycombe's promotion to Division Two via the playoffs, Evans returned as captain for the 1994/95 season.[9] He missed just two league games as the Chairboys finished in sixth position, missing out on a second successive playoff campaign.[11] Evans played on until the end of the 1996/97 season, when he was released by manager John Gregory.[9] Evans made 157 appearances and scored 19 goals during his four seasons at Adams Park.[9]

Kingstonian[edit]

Evans dropped into non-league football in the summer of 1997, linking up with former Wycombe teammates Matt Crossley and Gary Patterson at Isthmian League Premier Division side Kingstonian.[9] His single season at Kingsmeadow was a successful one, making 49 appearances, scoring three goals and captaining the side to promotion to the Conference as champions.[9][12]

Physiotherapy career[edit]

Evans returned to Wycombe in 1998 as the youth team's physiotherapist.[2] Evans stated that his desire to become a physiotherapist was driven by Wycombe's Sports Therapist Dave Jones, who oversaw Evans' management of problems with his right knee, having suffered from a chondral defect and undergone two anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions and a medial cruciate ligament repair during the last three years of his playing career.[13] Evans departed Wycombe in March 2004, but returned in 2006 to take up the role of Senior Strength & Conditioning coach.[13] He left to take up a similar role at rugby union side Wasps in 2008,[13] progressing to become the club's Senior Strength & Conditioning Rehabilitation Specialist and serving as a physiotherapist.[3]

Management and coaching career[edit]

While working as Wycombe's youth team physiotherapist, the sacking of first team manager Neil Smillie on 11 January 1999 saw Evans take over the position as caretaker.[14][15] The Chairboys won both games under Evans' care and he was retained as part of the management team as an assistant when Lawrie Sanchez was appointed manager on 5 February.[16][17]

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Brentford

Wycombe Wanderers

Kingstonian

As an individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920-2006. Harefield: Yore Publications. p. 54. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  2. ^ a b Dave Peters. "Evans leaves Wanderers for Wasps". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Medical Team". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Brentford Football Club History". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Football Club History Database - Brentford". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d Lynch, Tony (1995). The Official P.F.A. Footballers Heroes. Random House. pp. 149–150. ISBN 0-09-179135-9. 
  7. ^ The Football League. "Brentford - Football League 125". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Chris Wickham. "Former Brentford captain Terry Evans added to Club's Hall of Fame". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Terry Evans - Chairboys on the Net Profile". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Wycombe Wanderers - 1993/94 season". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Terry Evans - Player File from Chairboys on the Net". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "kingstonian.net - Appearances". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c http://soarer-development.com/article_terry.evans.pdf
  14. ^ "League Managers Association". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Neil Smillie sacked as Wycombe Wanderers Manager - Chairboys on the Net". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  16. ^ Amy Lawrence. "Lawrie's debt to Jack". the Guardian. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Terry Evans". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Brentford Football Club History". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Football Club History Database - Wycombe Wanderers". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "Football Club History Database - Kingstonian". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 

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