Player profile

John Evans

John Evans

Birthdate: 28 August 1929
Birthplace: Tilbury, Essex, England
Date of death: 6 January 2004
Other clubs: Tilbury, Watford (1948-49), Bata Sports (1949), Charlton Athletic (1949-53), Colchester United (1957-59), Romford (1960-62), Ford United (1962-65)
Bought from: Charlton Athletic
Signed for LFC: £12,500, 25.12.1953
Liverpool debut: 26.12.1953
Last appearance: 02.11.1957
Debut goal: 02.01.1954
Last goal: 02.03.1957
Contract expiry: 21.11.1957
Win ratio: 40.19% W:43 D:26 L:38
Games/goals ratio: 2.02
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 7 / 5
LFC league games/goals: 97 / 49
Total LFC games/goals: 107 / 53

Player profile

Evans played 90 League matches in three and a half seasons for Charlton Athletic, scoring 38 times in the First Division. He was very prolific against Liverpool, having scored seven goals in five matches, including a brace in a 6-0 Charlton win three months before he was transferred to the Reds. Liverpool were sliding towards relegation after winning only five of their first 24 matches and at least Evans' introduction on Boxing Day 1953 saw a slight improvement with a draw taken from West Bromwich Albion's visit just 24 hours after the Midlanders had triumphed over Liverpool 5-2 at The Hawthorns. That started a run of 16 successive matches, in which Evans scored five times, but the introduction of a number of new players in the second half of the season could not prevent the drop.

Evans only missed four League games in 1954/55 as Liverpool got used to life in the Second Division and scored 29 times. He was the first Liverpool player to score five goals in one game for 52 years, as Bristol Rovers were defeated 5-3 at Anfield on 15 September 1954; a rare feat that only five players have managed in the club‘s history. Evans was one goal shy of repeating his achievement six months later when Bury were beaten at Gigg Lane, failing to add his fifth in the final twenty minutes of the game. Evans wasn't quite as prolific the next season but still managed 13 goals from 31 League appearances maintaining his record of scoring one goal every two games in his Liverpool career. But only a few weeks into the 1956/57 season, he lost his place to a young Jimmy Melia and was eventually transferred to Colchester United in Third Division South in November 1957, where he added another 22 League goals to an already impressive tally.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 97 10 0 0 0 107
1953-1954 16 1 0 0 0 17
1954-1955 38 4 0 0 0 42
1955-1956 31 5 0 0 0 36
1956-1957 11 0 0 0 0 11
1957-1958 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
6 Lincoln City
5 Bury
5 West Ham United
5 Fulham
5 Doncaster Rovers
4 Blackburn Rovers
4 Stoke City
4 Rotherham United
4 Leeds United
4 Middlesbrough
4 Plymouth Argyle
4 Notts County
4 Port Vale
3 Hull City
3 Bristol Rovers
3 Huddersfield Town
3 Nottingham Forest
3 Manchester City
2 Scunthorpe United
2 Bolton Wanderers
2 Leicester City
2 Birmingham City
2 Barnsley
2 Sheffield Wednesday
2 Luton Town
2 Bristol City
2 Swansea City
2 Derby
1 Cardiff City
1 Sheffield United
1 Charlton Athletic
1 Ipswich Town
1 Sunderland
1 Aston Villa
1 Tottenham
1 Everton
1 WBA
1 Burnley
1 Arsenal
1 Preston North End
1 Chelsea
1 Accrington Stanley
Total Competition
97 League
10 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 49 4 0 0 0 53
1953-1954 5 0 0 0 0 5
1954-1955 29 4 0 0 0 33
1955-1956 13 0 0 0 0 13
1956-1957 2 0 0 0 0 2
1957-1958 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
49 League
4 FA Cup
Total Open play/Penalty
51 Open play
2 Penalty

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 26.12.1953 WBA Anfield League
50 19.03.1955 Lincoln City Anfield League
100 03.09.1956 West Ham United Upton Park League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 2 02.01.1954 Bolton Wanderers Anfield League
50 22 02.04.1956 Doncaster Rovers Anfield League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Tilbury London league N/A N/A N/A N/A
Watford 1948-1949 England Third Division South N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bata Sports 1949 London league N/A N/A N/A N/A
Charlton Athletic 1950-1951 England First Division 31 14 32 14
Charlton Athletic 1951-1952 England First Division 34 12 34 12
Charlton Athletic 1952-1953 England First Division 13 5 13 5
Charlton Athletic 1953-1954 England First Division 12 7 12 7
Colchester 1957-1958 England Third Division South 24 7 24 7
Colchester 1958-1959 England Third Division 27 14 31 16
Colchester 1959-1960 England Third Division 5 1 5 1
Romford 1960-1962 Southern League Prenier Division N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ford United 1962-1965 Aetolian League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 146 60 151 62
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