Dick Evans (footballer)

Richard Evans (1874 – 13 January 1942)[1] was an English footballer, who played at outside-right, spending most of his career with Burslem Port Vale as well as a two-year spell at Southampton where he won two Southern League championships.

Dick Evans
Personal information
Full name Richard Evans
Date of birth July qtr, 1874
Place of birth Smallthorne, England
Date of death 13 January 1942(1942-01-13) (aged 67)
Place of death Salisbury, England
Playing position Outside-right
Youth career
Newcastle White Star
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1894–1899 Burslem Port Vale 102 (39)
1899–1902 Reading
1902–1904 Southampton 41 (16)
1904 Burslem Port Vale 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

Burslem Port Vale

Evans joined Burslem Port Vale from Newcastle White Star in November 1894.[2] He scored his first Second Division goal on 5 January 1895, in a 2–2 draw at Crewe Alexandra.[2] He went on to finish the 1894–95 season with six goals in 19 appearances.[2] He scored four goals in 22 games in 1895–96, including one in a 5–4 win over Liverpool at the Athletic Ground.[2]

After the club were demoted from the Football League to the Midland League, Evans became the club's joint top-scorer with Danny Simpson two seasons running, with 14 goals in 1896–97 and 11 goals in 1897–98. He helped the club lift the Staffordshire Senior Cup in 1898.[2] He lost his first team place in February 1899, despite having scored twice against Woolwich Arsenal, and finished the 1898–99 season with 13 goals in 30 games.[2] He left the club and signed for Southern League side Reading in the summer of 1899.[2] He helped the "Royals" to finish fourth in 1899–1900, ninth in 1900–01, and fifth in 1901–02.

Southampton

In the close season of 1902, Evans moved from Reading to fellow Southern League team Southampton. He arrived at The Dell with a high reputation following his achievements with Port Vale. Nicknamed "Jammer", he had a deadly shot and was a quick and reliable right winger who rapidly became a favourite with the fans, who also loved his "never-say-die" spirit".[3]

He made his debut in the opening game of the 1902–03 season, a 6–0 victory over Brentford (in which John Fraser scored a hat trick).[4] He soon became a fixture on the right wing, with Joe Turner on the left, although in January he lost his place to Scottish international Mark Bell as a result of an injury, before returning at the end of February. In his first season with the "Saints" he played 23 matches, scoring seven goals, as Southampton claimed the Southern League title for the fifth time in seven years.[4]

Evans started the 1903–04 season with three goals in the first three matches and was on the scoresheet regularly, until December when a serious leg injury forced him to sit out most of the rest of the season, (being replaced first by Joe Turner and then by Harry Turner) only returning for the last three matches. Evans' nine goals from his 18 appearances helped Southampton claim the Southern League title for the sixth (and final) time.[5]

Ill health and injuries forced his retirement in 1904[3] — in his two years at The Dell, he made 41 appearances (16 goals) and helped the team to claim two championship trophies.

Return to Port Vale

A return to Port Vale followed in September 1904, however in only his second game – a 1–0 home defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Staffordshire Senior Cup — he suffered a career-ending injury and retired that year.[2] He had played 134 matches (61 in the Football League) and scored 49 goals (21 in the league) in his two spells with the club.[2]

After football

After his brief sojourn back in the Potteries, he returned to Southampton becoming the landlord of the London Arms in the Docks, a position he held until he retired in 1936.[3] He then settled in Salisbury, where he died in January 1942.[3]

Statistics

Source:[6]

Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Burslem Port Vale1894–95Second Division1670000167
1895–96Second Division2040000204
1896–97Midland League271221002913
1897–98Midland League16654002110
1898–99Second Division231032002612
1904–05Second Division10000010
Total 103391020011346

Honours

Port Vale
Southampton

References

  1. Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan; Bull, David (2013). All the Saints: A Complete Players' Who's Who of Southampton FC. Southampton: Hagiology Publishing. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-9926-8640-6.
  2. Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 96. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.
  3. Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 119. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.
  4. Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 32–33. ISBN 0-907969-22-4.
  5. Saints – A complete record. pp. 34–35.
  6. Dick Evans at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
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