Bobby Evans

Celtic hero Bobby Evans was born in Glasgow on 16 July 1927, and passed away on 1 September 2001, aged 74.

Bobby began playing football for Glasgow Junior side Pollok FC. He then joined Celtic during 1944 from other Glasgow junior side St.Anthony’s. He started out his Celtic career as a forward, but it wasn’t 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 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 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 League Cup in 1956 and he famously helped defend it a year later against Rangers in what will forever be 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.

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