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Chris Evans
Personal information
Full name Christopher Brian Evans[1]
Date of birth 13 October 1962 (1962-10-13) (age 47)[1]
Place of birth Rhondda, Wales
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1979–1980 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1981 Arsenal 0 (0)
1981–1982 Stoke City 0 (0)
1982–1985 York City 96 (1)
1985–1987 Darlington 58 (1)
1987–? Bangor City ? (?)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Bolton Wanderers (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Christopher Brian "Chris" Evans (born 13 October 1962) is a Welsh former footballer who was until recently assistant manager at Bolton Wanderers.

Evans started his career at Arsenal, before joining Stoke City in 1981. After failing to make any appearances he joined York City in 1982, where he made over 100 appearances. He joined Darlington in 1985 and played for them until 1987. After joining Wolverhampton Wanderers as Academy manager in 1991, he left in 2007 to become assistant manager at Bolton Wanderers. He had a spell as caretaker manager at Bolton, taking charge for one match in 2010.


Playing career

Born in Rhondda, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Evans started his career with Arsenal as an apprentice, before signing a professional contract in June 1980.[1] He moved to Stoke City in August 1981, making no appearances before signing for York City in August 1982.[1] He made his debut in a 1–1 draw with Torquay United on 28 August.[2] He was an ever-present for York during the 1982–83 season, making 52 appearances.[3] He made 22 appearances during the 1983–84 season, with York winning the Fourth Division championship.[4] He lost his place in the team due to injury and after making 113 appearances and scoring one goal, he joined Darlington for a fee of £13,000 in October 1985.[2] His career was effectively brought to an end after breaking his leg in 1987,[2] after making 58 appearances and scoring one goal in the league for Darlington.[1] He signed for Bangor City in 1987.[5]

Style of play

Evans played as a right back.[6]

Coaching and managerial career

He joined Wolverhampton Wanderers as Academy manager in 1991,[2] and after 17 years Evans was appointed as Gary Megson's new Assistant (Performance Director) at Bolton Wanderers on 14 November 2007.[7] In October 2009 he was implicated in a row with former club Wolverhampton whom alleged that Evans had acted improperly over the transfer of teenage defender Mark Connolly from Bolton in August 2009.[8] A report was sent to The Football Association and Premier League. He was appointed caretaker manager alongside Steve Wigley following the sacking of Megson on 30 December.[9] His only game in charge was a 4–0 victory over Lincoln City in the FA Cup third round, before Owen Coyle was appointed manager on 8 January 2010,[10][11] and on 12 January the club confirmed that Evans had left.[12]

Managerial statistics

As of 7 January 2010.[13]
Team Nation From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Bolton Wanderers (caretaker)  England 30 December 2009 8 January 2010 1 1 0 0 100.0


  1. ^ a b c d e Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 196. ISBN 1852916656. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Jarred, Martin; & Windross, Dave (1997). Citizens and Minstermen, A Who's Who of York City FC 1922-1997. Citizen Publications. p. 34. ISBN 0953100502. 
  3. ^ Batters, Dave (2008). York City The Complete Record. The Breedon Books Publishing Company Limited. p. 358–359. ISBN 9781859836330. 
  4. ^ Batters. York City The Complete Record. pp. 360–413. 
  5. ^ "Darlington : 1946/47 - 1988/89 & 1990/91 - 2005/06". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Chris Evans". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  7. ^ "Wolves academy boss joins Bolton". BBC Sport. 14 November 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Bolton accused of illegal approach for ex-Wolves kid Mark Connolly: Allegations against Trotters' assistant manager Chris Evans". Daily Mail. 7 October 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Bolton Wanderers sack manager Gary Megson". BBC Sport. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Bolton 4 - 0 Lincoln City". BBC Sport. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Owen Coyle appointed Bolton manager". BBC Sport. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Club Announcement - Chris Evans".,,1004~1929170,00.html. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  13. ^ "Chris Evans's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 


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