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Will ‘Logs’ spark new fire into Bangor City this season?

Marc Evans (right) celebrates a goal in his Llandudno days. Picture: Neil Sheldon

Marc Evans has won Cymru Alliance titles with three different clubs – can he make it four with new team Bangor City?

Nantporth today became the latest stop in a much-travelled career for the 30-year-old striker from Anglesey.

Evans has won tier-two championship medals with Llangefni Town, Rhyl and Llandudno, played in the Welsh Premier and broken a club record in New Zealand.

But can he prove the ideal fit for Bangor City?

The islander became Hugo Colace’s second summer signing this evening, following on from the return of Robbie Parry last week.

Marc Evans in Melville colours

Colace is determined to develop a more locally-based squad this term with the aim of making a serious bid for the Cymru North title.

If he wants goals, the player affectionately nicknamed “Logs” is his man.

His senior career began when he notched 27 goals in the Anglesey League as a 16-year-old with Bodedern Reserves in 2006/07.

He was promoted to the first team in the same season and banged in 14 goals in the Cymru Alliance.

Evans added another seven for Boded in 2007-08 before the club resigned from the tier-two league and “Logs” joined Holyhead Hotspur, who were also in the Cymru Alliance.

He scored 12 goals before the end of 2007-08 at the New Stadium, then had a fantastic 2008-09 as Hotspur finished runners-up and Evans amassed more than 30 goals as a 17-year-old.

In 2009-10, Evans tried his luck in the Welsh Premier at Porthmadog, but the goals did not flow as they had previously. In 24 matches, he netted four times.

He ended up signing for Llangefni Town, who went on to win the Cymru Alliance under Lee Dixon, helped by some crucial goals in the latter part of the campaign from “Logs”.

Joining Gwalchmai in 2010-11, he later landed back at Llangefni.

The islander caused a major stir when he featured for Glantraeth’s Welsh Alliance Division Two and league cup double-winners of 2011/12.

He finished up the division’s top scorer with 31 goals and grabbed 39 in all matches. In his first 14 appearances for the team, he bagged 30 goals in all competitions.

Evans was on the move again in 2012/13, joining Cymru Alliance side Rhyl.

The Lilywhites became the only team in the history of the league to emerge through an entire season unbeaten – a 30-game undefeated streak.

As part of a dynamic front-line, Evans contributed 17 goals as Greg Strong’s side were crowned champions, but before the end of the campaign he had moved to home village Gwalchmai.

Marc Evans (second right – left arm raised) celebrates winning the 2014-15 Cymru Alliance title with Llandudno. Pic: Neil Sheldon

After shining for Gwalch in 2013/14, his next big move was to Llandudno.

By the end of the campaign Evans was celebrating again, winning a third Cymru Alliance championship-winning medal and knocking in 31 goals as top-scorer.

Evans next decided to try his luck overseas and began a new life in New Zealand.

He played for Hamilton Wanderers and WaiBOP United, but his greatest success came at Melville United, where in 2017 he broke the club record for most goals in a season when he reached 36, beating the previous best set by Mark Cossey in 1995.

Evans chalked up 92 goals in 88 games for Melville in total.

Scoring 39 goals in his debut, record-breaking campaign secured him the 2017/18 Player of The Season award.

In 2018, he briefly returned to Holyhead Hotspur, then last season netted 19 goals for Gwalchmai in Welsh Alliance Division Two before deciding to leave the club in the new year.

Evans said of his move to Bangor: “I’m looking forward to be putting the blue shirt of Bangor City on and hopefully I can score some goals and bring success back to the club.

I see Bangor as very ambitious, hopefully my input will help them achieve success and promotion back to the Cymru Premier.”

Marc Evans (right) receives an award from Llandudno’s amazing former chairman Herbie Montgomery

Marc Evans – career highlights

Born: 14-4-1990
2006/07: Scored 27 goals for Bodedern Reserves in Anglesey League and added another 14 for first team in Cymru Alliance
2007/08: Netted 14 times for Boded in Cymru Alliance before club resigned from league. Joined Cymru Alliance club Holyhead Hotspur, bagging 12 goals.
2008/09: Part of dynamic Hotspur side which finished Cymru Alliance runners-up, pocketing more than 30 goals.
2009/10: Joins Welsh Premier club Porthmadog, ends season as Cymru Alliance title winner with Llangefni Town.
2010/11: Split season between Gwalchmai and Llangefni Town.
2011/12: Signs for Glantraeth and amasses 39 goals in all competitions as club lands Welsh Alliance Division Two and league cup double.
2012/13: Wins Cymru Alliance title with Rhyl invincibles, scoring 17 times, but leaves club before end of season to rejoin Gwalchmai.
2014/15: Lands a third Cymru Alliance winners’ medal with Llandudno, finishing up top-scorer with 31 goals.
2015/16: Starts new life in New Zealand, playing for Hamilton Wanderers, WaiBOP United and Melville United, where he scored 92 goals in 88 matches
2017: Breaks club record by scoring 39 goals in his debut campaign for Melville, landing him the 2017/18 Player of The Season award.
2019/20: Is back in North Wales with Gwalchmai, netting 19 goals in Welsh Alliance Division Two
June 15, 2020: Signs for Bangor City, his 12th club.

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