Player profile

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

1953-1954 16100017
1954-1955 38400042
1955-1956 31500036
1956-1957 11000011
1957-1958 100001

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

6Lincoln City
5West Ham United
5Doncaster Rovers
4Blackburn Rovers
4Stoke City
4Rotherham United
4Leeds United
4Plymouth Argyle
4Notts County
4Port Vale
3Hull City
3Bristol Rovers
3Huddersfield Town
3Nottingham Forest
3Manchester City
2Scunthorpe United
2Bolton Wanderers
2Leicester City
2Birmingham City
2Sheffield Wednesday
2Luton Town
2Bristol City
2Swansea City
1Cardiff City
1Sheffield United
1Charlton Athletic
1Ipswich Town
1Aston Villa
1Preston North End
1Accrington Stanley
10FA Cup

Wartime Appearances / Goals

No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

5019.03.1955Lincoln CityAnfieldLeague
10003.09.1956West Ham UnitedUpton ParkLeague

Milestone Goals

1202.01.1954Bolton WanderersAnfieldLeague
502202.04.1956Doncaster RoversAnfieldLeague

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1953-1954 * Striker
1954-1955 * Striker
1955-1956 * Striker
1956-1957 * Striker
1957-1958 * Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.