Tom Evans (footballer, born 1976)

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Tom Evans
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Evans playing for York City in 2007
Personal information
Full name Thomas Raymond Evans[1]
Date of birth (1976-12-31) 31 December 1976 (age 40)[1]
Place of birth Doncaster, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
0000–1995 Sheffield United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Sheffield United 0 (0)
1996–1997 Crystal Palace 0 (0)
1996 Harrow Borough (loan)
1997 Coventry City (loan) 0 (0)
1997–2006 Scunthorpe United 245 (0)
2006–2008 York City 81 (0)
2008–2009 Alfreton Town 16 (0)
2009 Gainsborough Trinity (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2010 Boston United
Total 346 (0)
National team
2003 Northern Ireland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas Raymond "Tom" Evans (born 31 December 1976) is a former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Born in England, he played for the Northern Ireland B team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Evans started his career with the Sheffield United youth system as a trainee before signing a professional contract on 3 July 1995.[1] He made no appearances for the side before joining Crystal Palace on a free transfer on 14 June 1996,[1] and was loaned out to Isthmian League side Harrow Borough in August.[2] Evans later made a loan move to Premier League side Coventry City in March 1997, but failed to make any appearances.[3]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

Palace released him after his first season at the club and on 22 August 1997 he signed for Scunthorpe United.[1][2] Evans played for Scunthorpe in their 1–0 victory over Leyton Orient in the 1999 Third Division play-off final at Wembley Stadium.[4] He had surgery on a hand injury in May 2005, having suffered a problem with one of his knuckles on his index finger that had troubled him in previous seasons.[5] This operation led to him missing the first two months of the season, but returned to the line-up in early December.[1] He kept his place in the team for three months and after another spell on the sidlines he played in Scunthorpe's last six matches of the season.[1]

York City[edit]

He was released by Scunthorpe in May 2006 and joined Conference National club York City on 31 July after making a good impression on manager Billy McEwan during several weeks on trial.[6][7] He said that he believed promotion could be achieved for York with 20 clean sheets.[8] He was sent off in the 16th-minute of an away match against Crawley Town on 9 September 2006 after fouling Dannie Bulman outside the penalty area, which York lost 3–0 with second choice goalkeeper Arran Reid brought on to replace him.[9] He was offered a new contract by York at the end of 2006–07.[10]

At the beginning of York's 2007–08 season, Evans came under-fire for poor performances by his manager, Billy McEwan and was later replaced by on-loan Bristol City goalkeeper Stephen Henderson.[11][12] Evans kept his place in the side after Henderson's recall back to Bristol City but was released at the end of the season.[13][14]

Later career[edit]

He signed for Alfreton Town in the Conference North in July 2008.[15] Evans found himself dropped from the Alfreton team at the beginning of December 2008 and in March 2009 Evans joined Gainsborough Trinity on a one-month loan, debuting in 1–1 away draw with Redditch United on 21 March 2009.[16] At Gainsborough, he made four appearances.[17] He finished 2008–09 with 24 appearances with Alfreton and he was released by the club,[18][19] after which he joined Northern Premier League Premier Division team Boston United on 23 July 2009.[20] He was released by Boston on 9 May 2010 after helping them win promotion to the Conference North after beating Bradford Park Avenue 2–1 in the 2010 Northern Premier League Premier Division play-off final.[21][22] He later returned to former club Scunthorpe to coach the youth team's goalkeepers.[23]

International career[edit]

Evans played Northern Ireland at youth level and won his only cap for the Northern Ireland B team in a 2–1 defeat to Scotland on 20 May 2003.[3]

Personal life[edit]

After retiring from professional football, Evans earned qualifications as a financial adviser and worked for Lloyds Bank before joining Paul Kerr Associates, the organisation of former player Paul Kerr.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Evans playing for York City in 2007
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
Scunthorpe United 1997–98[25] Third Division 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
1998–99[4] Third Division 24 0 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 27 0
1999–2000[26] Second Division 28 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 31 0
2000–01[27] Third Division 46 0 5 0 2 0 1[b] 0 54 0
2001–02[28] Third Division 42 0 3 0 0 0 3[b] 0 48 0
2002–03[29] Third Division 46 0 4 0 1 0 3[c] 0 54 0
2003–04[30] Third Division 36 0 6 0 1 0 3[b] 0 46 0
2004–05[31] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 1 0
2005–06[32] League One 18 0 2 0 0 0 3[b] 0 23 0
Total 245 0 23 0 7 0 16 0 291 0
York City 2006–07[33] Conference National 45 0 2 0 3[d] 0 50 0
2007–08[34] Conference Premier 36 0 2 0 9[e] 0 47 0
Total 81 0 4 0 12 0 97 0
Alfreton Town 2008–09[18] Conference North 16 0 6 0 2[f] 0 24 0
Gainsborough Trinity (loan) 2008–09[17] Conference North 4 0 4 0
Career total 346 0 33 0 7 0 30 0 416 0
  1. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, one in Third Division play-offs
  2. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, two in Third Division play-offs
  4. ^ One appearance in FA Trophy, two in Conference National play-offs
  5. ^ Seven appearances in FA Trophy, two in Conference League Cup
  6. ^ One appearance in Conference League Cup, one in FA Trophy

Honours[edit]

Scunthorpe United

Boston United

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2006). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2006–07. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 134. ISBN 1-84596-111-0. 
  2. ^ a b Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony (2007). Non-League Club Directory 2008. Kingsbridge: Tony Williams Publications. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-869833-57-2. 
  3. ^ a b "Tom Evans". NIFG. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Games played by Tommy Evans in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Keeper Evans undergoes operation". BBC Sport. 26 May 2005. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Evans & Stanton leave Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 14 May 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ex-Iron keeper Evans joins York". BBC Sport. 31 July 2006. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Hughes, Claire (10 August 2006). "Good Evans wants City to follow his 20-plenty vision". The Press. York. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Flett, Dave (11 September 2006). "Bitter defeat". The Press. York. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "York boss releases eight players". BBC Sport. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Flett, Dave (31 August 2007). "Billy may axe Evans after nightmare start". The Press. York. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  12. ^ Kelly, Tony (1 September 2007). "City land loan star". The Press. York. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Woolford pens new York contract". BBC Sport. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "Three players released by Walker". BBC Sport. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  15. ^ "Evans is in Town". The Press. York. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "Reshuffle for Gainsborough Trinity". Gainsborough Standard. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Williams, Tony; Wright, James, eds. (2009). Non-League Club Directory 2010. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 218–219. ISBN 978-1-869833-66-4. 
  18. ^ a b Williams; Wright (eds.). Non-League Club Directory 2010. pp. 180–181. 
  19. ^ "Reds in double swoop – Alfreton Town FC". Derbyshire Times. Chesterfield. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  20. ^ "Evans becomes latest signing". Boston United F.C. 23 July 2009. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. 
  21. ^ "Boston United release five after promotion season". BBC Sport. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  22. ^ a b "Final Score". Boston United FC – The Original Website. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  23. ^ "Professional dream is still alive for Winterton ace Jacob Hammond". Scunthorpe Telegraph. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  24. ^ Madden, Lawrie (13 April 2011). "PFA Careers after football: Tom Evans". Professional Footballers' Association. Archived from the original on 25 April 2011. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Tommy Evans in 1997/1998". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Tommy Evans in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Tommy Evans in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Tommy Evans in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Tommy Evans in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Tommy Evans in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Tommy Evans in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Tommy Evans in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  33. ^ Batters, David (2008). York City: The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. pp. 408–409, 420–421. ISBN 978-1-85983-633-0. 
  34. ^ Batters. York City: The Complete Record. pp. 410–411, 420–421. 

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