Terry Evans (footballer, born 1965)
|Full name||Terence William Evans|
|Date of birth||12 April 1965|
|Place of birth||Hammersmith, England|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Playing position||Central defender|
|1993||→ Wycombe Wanderers (loan)|
|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. He is currently on the medical team at rugby union side Wasps.
Born in Hammersmith, Evans began his career with Southern League Southern Division side Hillingdon. He moved into the Football League in the summer of 1985, joining Division Three side Brentford for a £5000 fee. 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, making 32 appearances during the 1987/88 season. He forged a centre back partnership with Keith Millen and eventually became captain of the club. 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.
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. He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year. 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, 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. Evans made 285 appearances and scored 30 goals during his eight years with Brentford. 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. He was inducted into the Brentford Hall of Fame in August 2014.
Wycombe Wanderers (loan and permanent transfer)
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. 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. 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, though his form prior to the injury was such that he was named in the PFA Team of the Year. After Wycombe's promotion to Division Two via the playoffs, Evans returned as captain for the 1994/95 season. He missed just two league games as the Chairboys finished in sixth position, missing out on a second successive playoff campaign. Evans played on until the end of the 1996/97 season, when he was released by manager John Gregory. Evans made 157 appearances and scored 19 goals during his four seasons at Adams Park.
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. 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.
Evans returned to Wycombe in 1998 as the youth team's physiotherapist. 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. Evans departed Wycombe in March 2004, but returned in 2006 to take up the role of Senior Strength & Conditioning coach. He left to take up a similar role at rugby union side Wasps in 2008, progressing to become the club's Senior Strength & Conditioning Rehabilitation Specialist and serving as a physiotherapist.
Management and coaching career
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. 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.
As a player
As an individual
- Football League Division Three PFA Team of the Year (1): 1991/92 (third tier)
- Football League Division Three PFA Team of the Year (1): 1993/94 (fourth tier)
- Brentford Hall of Fame
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