Goal machine Marc ‘Logs’ Evans returns to where it all began

Marc Evans joined Bangor City last June but has now signed for Bodedern Athletic. Picture: Bangor City FC

One of the most dynamic finishers Ynys Môn football has ever produced is back representing the village where he first made his name.

Marc Evans, 30, signed for Bangor City last June, but has now joined Bodedern Athletic of the tier 4 North Wales Coast West Premier Division.

The player affectionately known as “Logs” began his senior career back in 2006/07 with the village’s previous club CPD Bodedern.

Athletic manager Ricky Williams is delighted to be working with the much-feared goal machine again.

“I had “Logs” playing for my Sunday side well over 10 years ago as a 16-year-old and back then I said he’s the best finisher I’ve ever seen,” said Ricky.

“And 10 years on I’ll stick to them words. Once football returns we’ll be in a strong position to challenge.”

In a much-travelled and successful career, Evans has won Cymru Alliance titles with three different clubs.

He has scooped tier-two championship medals with Llangefni Town (2009-10), Rhyl (2012-13) and Llandudno (2014-15), played in the Welsh Premier and has broken a club record in New Zealand.

Evans’ 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 an 18-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 (right) celebrates a goal for Llandudno in their 2014-15 Cymru Alliance title-winning season. Picture: Neil Sheldon

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

By the end of the 2014-15 campaign Evans was celebrating again, winning a third Cymru Alliance championship-winning medal and knocking in 31 goals as top-scorer for Tudno.

Evans next decided to try his luck overseas 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 in 2019-20 netted 19 goals for Gwalchmai in Welsh Alliance Division Two before deciding to leave the club in the new year.

He joined Bangor City seven months ago, but his only appearance was as a 66th minute substitute for Agustin Zicarelli in a 3-0 Nathaniel MG Cup victory over Gresford Athletic on December 12.

That was the only competitive game City had managed to play since last June due to the coronarvirus pandemic.

Evans has amassed well in excess of 300 goals in his senior career.

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. Netted twice on his Cymru Alliance debut as a 16-year-old on December 2, 2006, in a 7-0 thrashing of Queen’s Park. This was also the late Rob Hughes’ first home match in charge of Boded.
2007/08: Continued to find the net 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.
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: Back in North Wales with Gwalchmai, netting 19 goals in Welsh Alliance Division Two
June 15, 2020: Signs for Bangor City, his 12th club.
January 21, 2021: Joins Bodedern Athletic

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