Steve Evans is appointed manager of Colwyn Bay

Steve Evans in his days at TNS. Picture: BRIAN JONES

Former Wales and Wrexham defender Steve Evans has been appointed manager of Cymru North club Colwyn Bay.

Evans replaces Craig Hogg, who left Llanelian Road last month after three-and-a-quarter years in charge having led the Seagulls into the Welsh Cup quarter-finals this term.

New Bay chief Evans, 42, joins the club after reviving his playing career at Cymru Premier outfit Caernarfon Town this season.

One of the finest defenders ever to appear in the Welsh top-flight, in two stints with The New Saints he played in 216 league matches, scoring 37 goals, and won numerous medals.

He was inducted into the Cymru Premier Hall of Fame in 2013.

Evans began his career with Crewe Alexandra and West Bromwich Albion. He first joined Cymru Premier side TNS in the summer of 1999 and featured in the title-winning team of 1999-2000.

Following an injury he moved to Oswestry Town to make six appearances before returning to TNS and playing in the championship-lifting sides of 2005 and 2006.

He won the Welsh Premier player of the season award for 2004-2005 and made nine appearances for the Welsh semi-professional side.

Evans played two games for TNS against the then-European champions Liverpool in the summer of 2005.

The Reds won the Champions League tie 6-0 on aggregate, but Saints were far from disgraced.

In June 2006, the big centre-back was picked up by Wrexham, where he signed a two-year deal.

He impressed Wales manager John Toshack and made his international debut in a friendly against Liechtenstein in November 2006.

In September 2008, with Wrexham relegated to the Football Conference, Evans became the first non-league player to represent Wales for 76 years as a second-half substitute in a 2–1 defeat away to Russia in a World Cup qualifier.

Returning to TNS from Wrexham – where he made 87 competitive appearances – in 2009, Steve held the position of club captain and won two further WPL titles.

In 2014-15, he had a spell on loan at Connah’s Quay Nomads, starting 25 games and scoring five goals.

Evans later became first team assistant-manager at The New Saints, where he was heavily involved in developing youth talent, but decided to don the boots again as a Caernarfon Town player this season.

Now comes a new challenge in the Cymru North with Colwyn Bay, who currently sit sixth in the second tier league.

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