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Roy Evans

Roy Evans

Birthdate: 4 October 1948
Birthplace: Bootle, Liverpool, England
Other clubs: Philadelphia Atoms (loan, 1973)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: Joined 1963 - Professional 05.10.1965
Liverpool debut: 16.03.1970
Last appearance: 26.12.1973
Contract expiry: 1974
Win ratio: 36.36% W:4 D:5 L:2
Honours: Manager: League Cup 1995
LFC league games/goals: 9 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 11 / 0

Player profile

"I first came on the Kop as an eight-year-old, then I played, coached and now I'm the figurehead. It is special because this is the team I've supported and loved all my life. But it isn't Roy Evans team. I'm just shaping its destiny for a while." Significant words from then-manager Roy Evans who was at the club for 33 years. Bootle-born Roy was an apprentice at Anfield before signing professional forms when he was 17-years-old in October 1965. The defender had to serve a different kind of apprenticeship in Liverpool's reserve team and didn't see a hint of first-team action until nearly the end of the 1969/70 season when Geoff Strong's injury opened the door for him. The Liverpool Echo wanted a quote from the local Evans after he made his debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield. Evans left quite an impression in print at least when he responded: "When I told my mum I was in the team, she was so surprised she couldn't eat her tea." Shankly told the press that: "this boy Evans has the heart and guts to become another Gerry Byrne." Strong returned in the following game against Everton but was out again for the next two matches in which Evans featured. Ian Ross started the following season as left-back but was replaced by Evans three games in and for four consecutive games Evans was in Shankly's team. Evans couldn't have had a better man to learn from than the great Shankly whom, when Evans first started as a player used to get changed alongside. "Bill and you never had a conversation with him, he just made statements and threw facts at you," Evans said. Black was black and white was white with him. I don't mean he wasn't friendly because he was, he was very friendly towards the younger players, but really you just listened to him. He was so enthusiastic about the game. He would say it's a great day today even if it was raining but you knew what he meant. It meant we were about to play football!" When Shankly decided to experiment with winger Alec Lindsay as a left-back against Newcastle on 12 September 1970 Evans was well and truly out of the first-team picture except for two appearances later on in the season. Evans made no first-team appearances in 1971/72 and 1972/73 and featured for Philadelphia Atoms in USA in the summer of 1973 before playing twice for Liverpool in December in what turned out to be his final season as a player.

Bob Paisley who had just taken over from Shankly offered the 25-year-old somewhat surprisingly a golden opportunity to join the famous Boot Room by taking control of the club's reserve side. John Smith, who was Liverpool's Chairman at the time, made a prediction of Nostradamus' proportions in 1974: "We have not made an appointment for the present but for the future. One day Roy Evans will be our manager." Roy Evans didn't make a big impression on the Liverpool team as player and didn't deliver the title as manager but remains truly one of Liverpool's greatest servants as part of the legendary Boot Room.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 9 0 1 1 0 11
1969-1970 3 0 0 0 0 3
1970-1971 4 0 1 1 0 6
1971-1972 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972-1973 0 0 0 0 0 0
1973-1974 2 0 0 0 0 2

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Manchester United
1 Manchester City
1 West Ham United
1 WBA
1 Burnley
1 Sheffield Wednesday
1 Crystal Palace
1 Mansfield Town
1 Hibernian
1 Ipswich Town
Total Started/substitutions
11 Started
4 On the bench
0 Substitute
0 Substituted
Total Competition
9 League
1 European Fairs Cup
1 League Cup

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 16.03.1970 Sheffield Wednesday Anfield League

Related Articles

Roy Evans - Born and bred

Exclusive interview with Roy Evans for LFChistory.net from 2003.More

Derek Dohren - author of Roy Evans' new book interviewed

Author of a series of excellent articles on his various Boot Room related websites (www.lfcbootroom.net), Derek Dohren has just written his first book that, appropriately, is the autobiography of the last boot-room boy Roy Evans. More

Roy Evans fulfilling his destiny

Roy Evans was appointed Liverpool's ninth post-war boss, as expected following the resignation of Graeme Souness. More

Roy Evans is the youngest ever coach at only 25

Roy Evans has been appointed reserve team trainer at Liverpool Football Club. Evans is the youngest ever coach in the Football League at only 25. More

Former England schoolboy Roy Evans makes his debut

Former England schoolboy international Roy Evans speaks on the eve of his Liverpool debut against Sheffield Wednesday.More

Roy Evans quits as Liverpool boss

Roy Evans today parted company with Liverpool, the club he has served for 35 years. Joint manager Gerard Houllier will take sole control of the club. More

The last stand

Roy Evans on the Kop.More

Related Quotes

"The Spice Boys thing was a load of nonsense really. The label came about because at that time a lot of the lads were becoming known for non-footballing things and were doing modelling and shampoo adverts and the like but to be fair it was happening throughout the game at other clubs too. It's wrong to say it affected their approach because they were quite a dedicated bunch of lads who worked hard. They were no angels but they were good pros."

Roy Evans on royevans.net

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Philadelphia Atoms 1973-1974 NASL 19 2 19 2
Total 19 2 19 2
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