Good Evans! 11 Welsh Premier players with the same surname who could surely beat the best

Gareth Evans of Caernarfon Town is a sure-starter in the Grassroots North Wales All-Time Welsh Premier Evans XI

We’ve compiled a Dave XI, a Jones XI, a Williams XI and a Roberts XI – today it’s the turn of the Evanses!

This team offers quite a variation of geography and eras, but altogether, all at their peaks, they would surely test the very finest.


Owen Evans (Rhyl)

Owen Evans of Macclesfield Town in action (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Newport-born keeper who began his career at Wigan Athletic before embarking on an impressive spell at Rhyl in 2016-17.
Has since moved on to have stints on loan with North Ferriby United, Sutton United, League Two side Macclesfield Town and he joined Cheltenham Town on loan in January.
Evans has four caps for Wales under-19 and three for the U-21s.


Steve Evans (The New Saints)

Steve Evans, Wales (Photo by Mike Egerton – PA Images via Getty Images)

Definitely a serious contender for the title ‘best ever Welsh Premier defender’.
In two spells with The New Saints, between 1999-2006 and 2009-14 he made 261 appearances, netting 37 goals, and won a host of trophies as well as playing in numerous European ties.
He is now assistant-manager at TNS.
Steve was snapped up by Wrexham in 2006 and remained there until 2009, making 80 first-team appearances.
In 2008, with Wrexham by now relegated to the Football Conference, he became the first non-meague footballer to be capped by Wales since 1930.

David Evans

Defender or midfielder who was part of the Bangor City side which won the League of Wales title under Nigel Adkins in 1993-94.
He spent four seasons with Bangor in total, representing the club in Europe, and had five campaigns at Porthmadog, as well as a short spell at Rhyl.
Played in more than 200 LoW matches and scored 15 goals.

Terry Evans

One of the true stars from Barry Town’s golden 1990s era where they conquered all before them in the League of Wales.
A full-time professional with Barry during their period of greatest success, he made 164 appearances for the Dragons, after making just 14 starts with Cardiff City and winning three Welsh Under-21 caps.
Was offered a chance to resurrect his Football League career with Swansea City and spent two seasons at the Vetch before a move to Newport County.
Joined Carmarthen in the summer of 2006 and also has Welsh Premier experience with Cardiff Grange Quins and Cwmbran Town. Moved to Haverfordwest County in the 2007 close season, retiring on medical advice in January 2011.
Played in 328 Welsh Premier matches.

Jordan Evans

Jordan Evans in his Bala days. Picture: FAW Cymru

Product of the Wrexham AFC academy who joined Fulham at the age of 15. He then had a loan spell with Oxford United before returning to Wrexham, where he made 22 appearances before a move to Bala Town in February 2017.
Wrote himself into Bala folklore by coming on as a substitute and scoring the equaliser which led to a 2-1 victory over The New Saints in the 2016-17 Welsh Cup Final at Bangor.
Evans made 34 appearances for the Lakesiders and spent season 2018/19 at Cefn Druids before joining Airbus in June 2019.


Ricky Evans

Ricky Evans in the days he played for Bangor City. Pic: Mike Smith, Citizens Choice website

Elder brother of TNS and Wales defender Steve, Ricky must rate as one of the best attacking midfielders to feature in the Welsh Premier.
Ricky has played for no less than 11 different clubs in the top flight and made in excess of 400 appearances in total, netting 76 goals.
Spent three years at Oldham Athletic before embarking on a long journey along the WPL road.
His most settled period was with Total Network Solutions between 1997-98 and 2001-02.
In the WPL, he represented: Welshpool Town, Total Network Solutions, Flint Town United, Bangor City, Aberystwyth Town, Caersws, Rhyl, Cefn Druids, Bala Town, GAP Connah’s Quay and Airbus UK Broughton.
Latter career clubs included Conwy Borough and Lex XI.

Gareth Evans (Caernarfon Town)

Gareth Evans (dark strip) challenges for Caernarfon Town. Picture: Paul Evans CTFC media

One of those unsung heroes who always plays well but does not always get the recognition he deserves.
Well, he was a very rapid choice for this team!
Gareth signed for Caernarfon from Llandudno during the summer of 2017 and this excellent box-to-box midfielder has been outstanding in his first two Welsh Premier seasons with the Canaries.
He was also a key midfielder in Llandudno’s opening two campaigns in the Welsh Premier in 2015-16 and 2016-17, although injuries did at times hold him back.
Gareth has also won the Cymru Alliance title with both Tudno and Caernarfon, as well as representing Colwyn Bay in the Conference North.

Wayne Evans (Welshpool Town)

Did not play many games in the Welsh Premier in total – but what a pedigree!
Highly experienced defender who made 173 Football League appearances for Walsall and a further 259 after joining Rochdale.
Played a season in the Conference with Kidderminster Harriers and, after a year out of the game coaching with TNS and in the USA, he joined hometown club Welshpool where his brothers Gary and Ian were also former players.
Was also once called up by Wales but unable to play due to injury. Came out of retirement on New Year’s Day 2011 to help Newtown out of a selection crisis.
He made one appearance for Llanidloes Town in the LoW’s first season 1992-93 and did not play in the league again until 2006-07 with Welshpool.

Alun Evans

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Exciting attacking midfielder who played for a number of Welsh Premier clubs between 1992-93 and 2006-07.
Played in 228 league games, notching 68 goals in all.
Spent three seasons with Flint Town United and then the next three at Bangor City, where he particularly stood out in 1996-97, hitting 19 goals in 29 starts.
Had another good campaign at Ebbw Vale, then didn’t return to the league until 2003-04, where he had a short stint with Connah’s Quay Nomads, followed by a brief stay with Cefn Druids. Also spent some time at Colwyn Bay.


Graham Evans (Caersws)

Graham Evans. Pic

One of the finest strikers in the league’s history, his goalscoring feats look even more the mighty in the fact he did not play for one of the WPL’s ‘big guns’.
Netted 157 goals in 290 starts, 145 of them net-finders in the blue of Caersws.
Three-times winner of the Welsh Premier’s golden boot award, he spent two seasons on contract with Aston Villa.
A Welsh Schools Under-18 and semi-professional international, he was at Caersws for the majority of his WPL career, apart from two seasons at Aberystwyth Town and a short stay with TNS.

Paul Evans

Truly prolific League of Wales marksman in the 1990s, banging in no less than 122 goals in 199 starts across six clubs.
Inter Cardiff, Barry Town, Ton Pentre, Ebbw Vale and Aberystwyth Town were among those to benefit from his deadly finishing ability.
Evans also played first-team football for Cardiff City and Newport County in the 1980s.

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