Richard Evans (footballer, born 1968)

Richard William Evans (born 12 April 1968) is a Welsh former professional footballer. He is currently a member of the backroom staff with the Belgium national football team. He previously played for several football clubs including Cardiff City, Exeter City and Bristol Rovers. Richard Evans is the son of former Swansea City player and Wales international footballer Brian Evans.[4]

Richard Evans
Personal information
Full name Richard William Evans
Date of birth (1968-04-12) 12 April 1968[1]
Place of birth Ebbw Vale[1]
Youth career
Cardiff City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985 Cardiff City 0 (0)
Newport County
1991–94 Bristol Rovers 15[2] (2)
1992–93Exeter City (loan) 5[3] (2)
1994–95 Yeovil Town 35[1]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


After retiring from playing professional football Evans studied towards a Sports science BSc (Hons) at Loughborough University (1997–1999) and later a Physiotherapy BSc Hons at Brunel University (2002–2006).[5]

Speaking to the BBC Wales, he said: "I pursued a career in football after leaving school. When I got to the age of 27 and had played professional and semi-professional football I realised that football wasn't going to provide me with a living after I'd finished my days really. "So whilst I was playing at Lilleshall I did a treatment and management of injuries course held by the FA, and that's what instilled an interest in physiotherapy."[6]

Prior to his appointment at Everton, he has held the position of Head Physiotherapist at Swansea City A.F.C. (1999–2009) and also Head of Sport Science at Wigan Athletic F.C. (2009–2013). In 2013, he was appointed Head of Performance at Everton Football Club.[7] In August 2016, he joined the Belgium national football team backroom staff.


  1. "Richard Evans profile". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  2. "Bristol Rovers". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  3. "Exeter City".
  4. "Proud Welshman Richard Evans is helping Belgium plot England's downfall". The Sun. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  5. "Richard Evans - Linkedin Profile". Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  6. "Get your game on". BBC Wales. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  7. "Backroom staff announced". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
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