Evan Williams (rugby)

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Evan Williams
Personal information
Born 18 June 1906
Port Talbot, Wales
Died 18 November 1976 (aged 70)
Leeds, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1925–25 Aberavon RFC
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1925 Wales 2 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Centre, Stand-off/Five-eighth, Scrum-half/Halfback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1925–≥39 Leeds 415 75 180
Source: scrum.com

Evan Williams (18 June 1906 — 18 November 1976 (aged 70)), born in Port Talbot, was a Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1920s, and 1930s. He played representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales and at club level for Aberavon RFC as a Centre as number 12 or 13 and played club level rugby league (RL) for Leeds, as a Centre, Stand-off/Five-eighth, or Scrum-half/Halfback, as number 3 or 4, 6, or 7,[1] He died in Leeds.

Playing career[edit]

International Honours[edit]

Evan Williams won caps for Wales (RU) while at Aberavon RFC in 1925 against England, Scotland, and France.[2] Evans won his first cap aged 18 which at the time made him the second youngest player to represent Wales after Norman Biggs in 1888.

Championship Final appearances[edit]

Evan Williams played Centre as number 3 in Leeds' 2-8 defeat by Hunslet in the Championship Final during the 1937–38 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 30 April 1938.[3]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Evan Williams played in Leeds' 11-8 victory over Swinton in the 1932 Challenge Cup Final during the 1931–32 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 9 April 1932 , and played, and scored 3-conversions in the 18-2 victory over Warrington in the 1936 Challenge Cup Final during the 1935–36 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 18 April 1936.[4]

Club career[edit]

Evan Williams made his début for Leeds, and scored a try in 61-3 the victory over Bradford Northern on Saturday 7 November 1925.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Evan Williams' marriage to Eunice John was registered during July→September 1926 in Leeds district.[5] They had four children, Rowland, Bryan (birth registered during October→December 1929 in Leeds North district), Barrie (birth registered during April→June 1932 in Leeds North district), and Gwynneth (birth registered during October→December 1947 in Leeds district).


  1. ^ Robert Gate (1986). "Gone North - Volume 1". R. E. Gate. ISBN 0-9511190-0-1
  2. ^ "Statistics at scrum.com". scrum.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "History of Leeds Rugby League Club". britishrugbyleague.blogspot.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "On this Day". therhinos.co.uk. Leeds Rhinos. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Marriage details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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