John Evans (bowls)

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John Evans
Personal information
Full name John Charles Evans
Date of birth (1947-03-24) 24 March 1947 (age 70)
Place of birth Torquay, England
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Torquay United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1966 Torquay United 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Charles Evans (born 24 March 1947 in Torquay) is an English former professional footballer and an international bowls player.

Evans began his footballing career as an apprentice with Torquay United, turning professional in April 1965. He made six league appearances as a winger, scoring once, before leaving Plainmoor.[1] But his football career took second place to bowls.[2]

He later became a regular member of the England bowls team, winning a silver medal in the 1974 British Commonwealth Games pairs competition with Peter Line.[3] He reached the quarter-finals of the World Indoor Bowls Championships singles competition in 1991.

In April 2001 he played in a trial to return to the England team for the first time since the 1982–83 bowling season, and later that year qualified to play in the 2002 World Indoor Championships.[4]

He ran a bowls tour company which ceased trading in 2008.[5]


  1. ^ "Torquay United : 1946/47–2006/07". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Woods, Jon (27 July 2000). "Bowls: Elder statesmen to lead the challenge". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Commonwealth Games Medallists - Bowls". GBR Athletics. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Dunwoodie, Gordon (8 January 2008). "Hurry vows to return to the world stage" (reprint). Evening News. Edinburgh: FindArticles. Retrieved 1 December 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Bowls star files for bankruptcy". Herald Express. Torquay. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2009.