Terry Evans (footballer, born 1965)

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Terry Evans
Personal information
Full name Terence William Evans[1]
Date of birth (1965-04-12) 12 April 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth Hammersmith, England
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[1]
Playing position Central defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hillingdon
Queens Park Rangers 0 (0)
Hillingdon
1985–1993 Brentford 229 (23)
1993 Wycombe Wanderers (loan)
1993–1997 Wycombe Wanderers 136 (16)
1997–1998 Kingstonian 38 (3)
Teams managed
1999 Wycombe Wanderers (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Terence William "Terry" Evans (born 12 April 1965) is an English former professional footballer who played as a central defender, making over 360 career appearances. He spent the majority of his career in the Football League with Brentford and Wycombe Wanderers, captaining both clubs. He is a member of the Brentford Hall of Fame. After his retirement from football, Evans served as caretaker manager, assistant manager and physiotherapist at Wycombe.[2] He is currently on the medical team at rugby union side Wasps.[3]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Hammersmith, Evans began his career with Southern League Southern Division side Hillingdon,[1] a period bisected by a spell on non-contract terms with Queens Park Rangers.[4] He made his debut for Hillingdon at age 16.[4]

Brentford[edit]

Evans moved into the Football League in the summer of 1985, joining Division Three side Brentford for a £5,000 fee.[1] Evans had an uneven beginning to his career at Griffin Park, suffering an injury in a friendly match in February 1986 and making two aborted comebacks, before returning to the side on a regular basis in October 1987,[1] making 32 appearances during the 1987–88 season.[5] He forged a centre back partnership with Keith Millen and eventually became captain of the club.[1] Evans made a career-high 62 appearances during the 1988–89 season, a successful campaign in which he missed just one league game and appeared in all 8 games of Brentford's run to the sixth round of the FA Cup.[5]

Evans' greatest season with Brentford came in 1991–92, captaining the side to the Division Three title and promotion to the second tier for the first time since 1954.[1] He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year.[6] Evans had a season to forget in the new Division One, succumbing to injury on the opening day against Wolverhampton Wanderers and only regaining fitness for the final 10 games of the season, a campaign which saw the Bees relegated straight back to the third tier.[5] Early in the 1993–94 season,[7] new manager David Webb preferred Jamie Bates and Shane Westley to Evans and Millen as his centre back pairing and Evans chose to depart the club.[1] Evans made 285 appearances and scored 30 goals during his eight years with Brentford.[1] A cult hero, Evans was named as Brentford's all-time fans' favourite, second greatest player and best-ever captain in a Football League 125th anniversary poll and also topped a BBC Sport Brentford fans' cult hero poll in 2005.[8][9] He was inducted into the Brentford Hall of Fame in August 2014.[10]

Wycombe Wanderers (loan and permanent transfer)[edit]

Evans joined Division Three side Wycombe Wanderers in August 1993 on a six-week loan, linking up with friend and former Brentford teammate Jason Cousins.[11][12] Evans had a difficult debut in a 4–3 victory away to Hereford United on 31 August 1993 and after regaining fitness, his performances led manager Martin O'Neil to sign him on a permanent deal for £40,000.[1][12] An injury suffered in a Football League Trophy Southern Area semi-final shootout win over Fulham on 8 February 1994 ruled Evans out for the remainder of the 1993–94 season,[11] though his form prior to the injury was such that he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.[6] After Wycombe's promotion to Division Two via the playoffs, Evans returned as captain for the 1994–95 season.[11] He missed just two league games as the Chairboys finished in sixth position, missing out on a second successive playoff campaign.[13] Evans played on until the end of the 1996–97 season, when he was released by manager John Gregory.[11] Evans made 157 appearances and scored 19 goals during his four seasons at Adams Park.[11]

Kingstonian[edit]

Evans dropped into Non-League football in the summer of 1997, linking up with former Wycombe teammates Matt Crossley and Gary Patterson at Isthmian League Premier Division side Kingstonian.[11] His single season at Kingsmeadow was a successful one, making 49 appearances, scoring three goals and captaining the side to promotion to the Conference as champions.[11][14]

Physiotherapy career[edit]

Evans returned to Wycombe in 1998 as the youth team's physiotherapist.[2] Evans stated that his desire to become a physiotherapist was driven by Wycombe's Sports Therapist Dave Jones, who oversaw Evans' management of problems with his right knee, having suffered from a chondral defect and undergone two anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions and a medial cruciate ligament repair during the last three years of his playing career.[15] Evans departed Wycombe in March 2004, but returned in 2006 to take up the role of Senior Strength & Conditioning coach.[15] He left to take up a similar role at rugby union side Wasps in 2008,[15] progressing to become the club's Senior Strength & Conditioning Rehabilitation Specialist and serving as a physiotherapist.[3]

Management and coaching career[edit]

While working as Wycombe's youth team physiotherapist, the sacking of first team manager Neil Smillie on 11 January 1999 saw Evans take over the position as caretaker.[16][17] The Chairboys won both games under Evans' care and he was retained as part of the management team as an assistant when Lawrie Sanchez was appointed manager on 5 February.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Evans played rugby union as a schoolboy and remarked in 2010 that he may have entered the game had it been professional in England at the time.[7] Evans' son Harry is a taekwondo fighter and won gold medals in the U16 categories in the 2014 ITF World Championship and the 2015 ITF European Championship.[20] Evans worked as a printer while with Hillingdon early in his playing career and after retirement from football,[4] he worked as a personal trainer and ran a gym.[7]

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Brentford

Wycombe Wanderers

Kingstonian

As an individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brentford 1985–86[5] Third Division 19 1 1 1 1 0 2[a] 0 23 2
1986–87[5] 1 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 2 0
1987–88[5] 29 4 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 32 4
1988–89[5] 45 5 8 1 4 0 5[a] 0 62 6
1989–90[24] 44 4 1 0 4 1 3[a] 0 52 5
1990–91[25] 36 2 3 0 2 1 8[b] 1 49 4
1991–92[25] 44 8 3 0 5 1 2[a] 0 54 9
1992–93[25] First Division 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 229 23 17 2 16 4 23 1 285 30
Wycombe Wanderers 1996–97[26] Second Division 42 2 1 0 4 1 0 0 47 3
Kingstonian 1997–98[14] Isthmian League Premier Division 39 3 4 0 8[c] 0 51 3
Career total 310 28 22 2 20 5 31 1 383 36
  1. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in Football League Trophy.
  2. ^ 6 appearances in Football League Trophy, 2 appearances in Football League play-offs.
  3. ^ 5 appearances in Surrey Senior Cup, 1 appearance in FA Trophy, 1 appearance in Isthmian League Cup, 1 appearance in Isthmian League Full Members Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Harefield: Yore Publications. p. 54. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  2. ^ a b Dave Peters. "Evans leaves Wanderers for Wasps". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Medical Team". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Croxford, Mark; Lane, David; Waterman, Greville (2013). The Big Brentford Book Of The Nineties. Sunbury, Middlesex: Legends Publishing. p. 386. ISBN 9781906796723. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. pp. 398–400. ISBN 0951526200. 
  6. ^ a b c d Lynch, Tony (1995). The Official P.F.A. Footballers Heroes. Random House. pp. 149–150. ISBN 0-09-179135-9. 
  7. ^ a b c "Brentford | News | Latest News | Latest News | WHERE ARE THEY NOW? TERRY EVANS – PART 1". Archived from the original on 2010-06-14. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Brentford – Football League 125". The Football League. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Football Focus | Brentford's cult heroes". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Chris Wickham. "Former Brentford captain Terry Evans added to Club's Hall of Fame". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g "Terry Evans – Chairboys on the Net Profile". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Wycombe Wanderers – 1993/94 season". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Terry Evans – Player File from Chairboys on the Net". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c "kingstonian.net – Appearances". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c [1][dead link]
  16. ^ "League Managers Association". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Neil Smillie sacked as Wycombe Wanderers Manager – Chairboys on the Net". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  18. ^ Amy Lawrence. "Lawrie's debt to Jack". the Guardian. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Terry Evans". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  20. ^ Street, Tim. "Brentford legend's son is a world champion". Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Football Club History Database – Wycombe Wanderers". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Football Club History Database – Kingstonian". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Croxford, Mark; Lane, David; Waterman, Greville (2011). The Big Brentford Book of the 80s. Legends Publishing. p. 383. ISBN 978-1906796716. 
  24. ^ Croxford, Lane & Waterman 2011, p. 431.
  25. ^ a b c Croxford, Lane & Waterman 2013, p. 476-478.
  26. ^ "Terry Evans | Football Stats | No Club | Season 1996/1997 | 1984–1997 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2016-12-16. 

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