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
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1925–25 Aberavon RFC
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1925 Wales 2 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Centre, Stand-off, Scrum-half
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1925–≥39 Leeds 415 75 180 - 585
Source: [1][2]

Evan Williams (18 June 1906 — 18 November 1976 (aged 70)) 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 club level rugby league (RL) for Leeds, as a centre, stand-off or scrum-half, as number 3 or 4, 6, or 7,[3] He died in Leeds.[4]

Background[edit]

Williams was born in Port Talbot, Wales, he died in Leeds, England.

Playing career[edit]

International Honours[edit]

Evan Williams won caps for Wales (RU) while at Aberavon RFC in 1925 against England, Scotland, and France.[1] 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 right-centre, i.e. 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.[5]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Evan Williams played stand-off/five-eighth in Leeds' 11-8 victory over Swinton in the 1931–32 Challenge Cup Final during the 1931–32 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 9 April 1932, and played scrum-half/halfback, and scored 3-conversions in the 18-2 victory over Warrington in the 1935–36 Challenge Cup Final during the 1935–36 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 18 April 1936.[6][7]

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.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Evan Williams' marriage to Eunice (née John) was registered during July→September 1926 in Leeds district.[9] 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).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statistics at en.espn.co.uk". espn.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Statistics at wru.co.uk". wru.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Robert Gate (1986). "Gone North - Volume 1". R. E. Gate. ISBN 0-9511190-0-1
  4. ^ "Profile at leedsrugby.dnsupdate.co.uk". leedsrugby.dnsupdate.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 17 November 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "History of Leeds Rugby League Club". britishrugbyleague.blogspot.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "On This Day - 18 April 2006". therhinos.co.uk. Leeds Rhinos. Retrieved 7 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "Eric Harris at rugbyleagueoralhistory.co.uk". rugbyleagueoralhistory.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "On This Day - 7 November 2006". therhinos.co.uk. Leeds Rhinos. Retrieved 7 February 2018. 
  9. ^ "Marriage details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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