|Full name||Robert Evans|
|Date of birth||16 July 1927|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Date of death||1 September 2001(aged 74)|
|Place of death||Airdrie, Scotland|
|Playing position(s)||Right half / Centre half|
|1948–1960||Scottish League XI||25||(0)|
|1958||SFL trial v SFA||1||(0)|
|1959||SFA trial v SFL||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Evans began playing football for Glasgow Junior side Pollok FC. He then joined Celtic during 1944 from another Glasgow junior side St. Anthony's. He started out as a forward, but it was not until manager Jimmy McGrory moved him back to right-half that Evans became a Celtic great. Unmistakable with his red hair, he was probably the first to wear his shirt out of his shorts, his trademark. His stamina, determination and sheer will-to-win were regarded by many[who?] as exceptional.
Celtic's long-awaited Scottish Cup victory of 1951 and the historic Saint Mungo Cup win of the same summer gave Evans his first taste of major success. He then went on to give the sustained performance of a lifetime throughout the unexpectedly triumphant Coronation Cup run two years later. In the final, Evans was regarded by many[who?] as simply sublime, as he played the great Lawrie Reilly out of the game and fittingly instigated the move that led to Jimmy Walsh's clinching strike in the 2–0 defeat of favourites Hibernian.
Evans was the first Celtic captain to lift the Scottish League Cup in 1956 and he famously helped defend it a year later against Rangers in the final that became known as Hampden in the Sun. He made 535 appearances for Celtic and scored 10 goals in 16 years with the club. During this time he won 48 caps for Scotland. Evans also won 25 caps for the Scottish League XI, the most of any player.
Evans left Celtic in 1960, heading south to Chelsea, where he played for one season before being appointed player-manager of Newport County. He returned to Scotland in a playing capacity with Greenock Morton in 1962, then joined Third Lanark as a player with coaching duties in 1963. He was promoted to manager in June 1964 but left after a difficult 1964–65 season. He played with Raith Rovers for two further years. He played for them as they won promotion from Division 2 to Division 1 in 1967 before retiring at the end of that year, at the age of 39.
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- "Bobby Evans". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
- Scottish trial match at Easter Road, Glasgow Herald, 4 February 1958
- The selectors still have problems, The Bulletin, 17 March 1959
- Bobby Evans Interview (1980s), The Celtic Underground 14 January 2019
- SFL player Robert Evans, London Hearts Supporters' Club
- "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- Newport County A-Z of transfers
- "Celtic mourn Bobby Evans". BBC News. 4 September 2001.
- Saunders, Steven (17 November 2008). "Scottish football welcomes eight new faces into the Hall of Fame". The Scotsman. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
- Bobby Evans at the Scottish Football Association
- Bobby Evans at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
- The Celtic story of Bobby Evans, Celtic F.C.
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