John Bevan (rugby)
|Full name||John Charles Bevan|
|Date of birth||28 October 1950|
|Place of birth||Tylorstown, Rhondda, Wales|
|University||Cardiff College of Education|
|Rugby league career|
|Rugby union career|
John Charles Bevan (born 28 October 1950) is a Welsh international rugby footballer of the 1970s and 1980s. He is one of two John Bevans who played for Wales during the 1970s.
- 1 Rugby career
- 2 International honours
- 3 Challenge Cup Final appearances
- 4 County Cup Final appearances
- 5 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances
- 6 Player's No.6/John Player Trophy Final appearances
- 7 Career Records
- 8 Personal history
- 9 Honoured at Warrington Wolves
- 10 References
- 11 External links
His début for Wales came on 16 January 1971 during the Five Nations Championship when Wales played England. He crowned the win with a try as Wales ran out 22-6 winners. He played in all of the other games in the tournament, but did not score again, as Wales went on to win the championship and the Grand Slam.
Starting his career in rugby union, he played for the Cardiff club and after being capped for Wales in 1971, Bevan toured Australia and New Zealand with the British Lions. He played in 14 matches including the first test and scored a total of 18 tries. The 17 scored in New Zealand equalled the record of Tony O'Reilly. He was a speedy winger (number 11) from Tylorstown South Wales and is chiefly remembered for his role in the Barbarians' victory over New Zealand in 1973, during which he scored a try. During his short international career Bevan scored 5 tries for Wales.
In September 1973, Bevan switched to rugby league and joined Warrington for the then massive signing on fee of £12,000 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £199,700 in 2015). He made 332 appearances for the Warrington club in which he scored 201 tries usually on the Wing. He played for Wales and Great Britain. John earned the nickname "The Ox", after 13 seasons, Bevan retired from the professional game. John Bevan's Testimonial match at Warrington took place in 1983.
John Bevan won 17-caps for Wales (RL) while at Warrington 1975…1982, scoring 5-tries in total for 15-points, and won 6-caps for Great Britain (RL) while at Warrington on the 1974 Great Britain Lions tour against Australia (twice), and New Zealand (twice), and in 1978 against Australia (twice), scoring 5-tries in total for 15-points.
Challenge Cup Final appearances
John Bevan played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, in Warrington's 24-9 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1974 Challenge Cup Final during the 1973–74 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1974, in front of a crowd of 77,400, and played Left-Wing, and scored a try in the 7-14 defeat to Widnes in the 1975 Challenge Cup Final during the 1974–75 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 10 May 1975, in front of a crowd of 85,998.
County Cup Final appearances
John Bevan played Centre, i.e. number 4, and scored a try in Warrington's 26-10 victory over Wigan in the 1980 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1980–81 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens, on Saturday 4 October 1980, played Centre, i.e. number 4, in the 16-0 victory over St. Helens in the 1982 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1982–83 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 23 October 1982.
BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances
John Bevan played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, in Warrington's 0-0 draw with Salford in the 1974 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1974–75 season at The Willows, Salford on Tuesday 17 December 1974, and played Left-Wing, and scored a try in the 5-10 defeat by Salford in the 1974 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final replay during the 1974–75 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Tuesday 28 January 1975.
Player's No.6/John Player Trophy Final appearances
John Bevan played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, and scored a try in Warrington's 27-16 victory over Rochdale Hornets in the 1973–74 Player's No.6 Trophy Final during the 1973–74 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 9 February 1974, played Left-Wing, and scored a try in the 9-4 victory over Widnes in the 1977–78 Players No.6 Trophy Final during the 1977–78 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 28 January 1978, and played Centre, i.e. number 4, and scored 2-tries in the 15-5 victory over Barrow in the 1980–81 John Player Trophy Final during the 1977–78 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 24 January 1981.
Captain Morgan Trophy Final appearances
John Bevan played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, in Warrington's 4-0 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1973–74 Captain Morgan Trophy Final during the 1973–74 season at The Willows, Salford on Saturday 26 January 1974, in front of a crowd of 5,259.
John Bevan is one of fewer than twenty Welshmen to have scored more than 200-tries in their rugby league career.
In September 2000, after having stepped down as Director of Coaching for the Welsh Rugby Union, John Bevan joined the teaching staff at Monmouth School as a teacher of Religious Education and Director of Rugby Coaching. He currently coaches teams throughout the school, including the 1st XV who are unbeaten since he has been there. His catchphrase of "my granny could do better than that" meaning anything from tackle, to run, is perhaps the main reason for Monmouth's record of 123 games unbeaten.
Honoured at Warrington Wolves
John Bevan is a Warrington Wolves Hall of Fame inductee.
- "Measuring Worth – Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
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- "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- Robert Gate (1988). "Gone North — Volume 2". R. E. Gate. ISBN 0-9511190-3-6
- "Hall of Fame at Wire2Wolves.com". wire2wolves.com. 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2012-01-01.