Cliff Evans (rugby league)

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Cliff Evans
Personal information
Full name Clifford Evans
Born Wales
Playing information
Position Centre, Stand-off/Five-eighth, Scrum-half/Halfback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1934–≥34 Salford
≤1936–≥41 Leeds
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1936–41 Wales 7
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
≤1954–67 Swinton
1967–70 St. Helens
1970–December 1973 Salford
Total 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org

Clifford "Cliff" Evans was a Welsh professional rugby league footballer of the 1930s and 1940s, and coach of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, playing at representative level for Wales, and at club level for Salford, and Leeds,[1] as a Centre, Stand-off/Five-eighth, or Scrum-half/Halfback, i.e. number 3 or 4, 6 or 7, and coaching at club level for Swinton, St. Helens and Salford.[2]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Cliff Evans won 7 caps for Wales in 1936–1941 while at Leeds.[3]

Les Diables Rouges[edit]

Cliff Evans was one of the players who successfully toured in France with Salford in 1934, during which the Salford team earned the name "Les Diables Rouges", the seventeen players were; Joe Bradbury, Bob Brown, Aubrey Casewell, Paddy Dalton, Bert Day, Cliff Evans, Jack Feetham, George Harris, Barney Hudson, Emlyn Jenkins, Alf Middleton, Sammy Miller, Harold Osbaldestin, Les Pearson, Gus Risman, Billy Watkins and Billy Williams.[4]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Cliff Evans played Centre, i.e. number 3 in Leeds' 19-2 victory over Halifax in the 1941 Challenge Cup Final during the 1940–41 season at Odsal, Bradford, and played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5 in the 15-10 victory over Halifax in the 1942 Challenge Cup Final during the 1941–42 season at Odsal, Bradford.[5]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

About Cliff Evans's time, there was Salford's 2-15 defeat by Warrington in the 1929 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1929–30 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 23 November 1929, the 10-8 victory over Swinton in the 1931 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1931–32 season at the Cliff, Broughton, Salford on Saturday 21 November 1931, the 21-12 victory over Wigan in the 1934 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1934–35 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 20 October 1934, the 15-7 victory over Wigan in the 1935 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1935–36 season at Wilderspool, Warrington on Saturday 19 October 1935, and the 5-2 victory over Wigan in the 1936 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1936–37 season at Wilderspool, Warrington on Saturday 17 October 1936.

Coaching career[edit]

Championship Final appearances[edit]

Starting in 1954 Cliff Evans was the coach in Swinton's victory in the Championship during the 1962–63 season, and 1963–64 season,[6] and was the coach in St. Helens' 24–12 victory over Leeds in the Championship Final during the 1969–70 season at Odsal, Bradford on Saturday 16 May 1970.

Rugby league county leagues[edit]

Cliff Evans was the coach in St. Helens' victory in the Lancashire County League during the 1968–69 season.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Cliff Evans was the coach in St. Helens' 13-10 victory over (following a 2-2 draw with) Warrington in the 1967 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1967–68 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 2 December 1967, was the coach in the 30-2 victory over Oldham in the 1968 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1968–69 season at Central Park, Wigan on Friday 25 October 1968, and was the coach in Salford's 25–11 victory over Swinton in the 1972 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1972–73 season at Wilderspool, Warrington on Saturday 21 October 1972.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Cliff Evans was the coach in St. Helens' 4–7 defeat by Wigan in the 1968–69 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 16 December 1968.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  2. ^ "Club History – Post War". swintonlionstales.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "The story of The Original Red Devils". reds.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 11 January 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "History of Leeds Rugby League Club". britishrugbyleague.blogspot.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Swinton Lions look back 50 years for 2013". salfordonline.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "1968–1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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