Bobby Evans

Read all the news about Celtic hero Bobby Evans. Bobby Evans was born in Glasgow on 16 July 1927. Died 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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History Bhoys Abroad – 47 – Celtic and World War II

On episode 47 of History Bhoys Abroad, we spend time discussing the reason why Celtic floundered during and after World War II.

The Celtic Star · Jul 16

Jim Craig – Bobby Evans, Celtic’s Forgotten Hero

On this day in 1927, a Celtic great was born in Glasgow, when Bobby Evans came into the world.

The Celtic Star · Jul 16
The Celtic Star · Sep 17

Jim Craig – Remembering Celtic’s Jackie Millsopp

After short spells with Blantyre Celtic and Fraserburgh, utility player Jackie Millsopp joined Celtic in September 1948, spending the next few seasons as a reserve team player, standing in occasionally when required for the likes of Charlie Tully at outside-right, Joe Baillie in the left half position, Bobby Evans in the right-half role he assumed...

The Celtic Star · Sep 17

‘If you SNOW your history’, The Celtic Star’s new columnist Tom Campbell

TOM CAMPBELL, co-author of the Glory and the Dream and numerous other fine Celtic books including most recently Bobby Evans, Celtic’s Forgotten Hero, today joins The Celtic Star as a columnist...

The Celtic Star · Feb 19

Bobby Evans, a Celtic treasure, a forgotten hero

WHEN you look back on Bobby Evans, the first thing that will strike you is just why did it take so long before such a fitting biography was written on him?

The Celtic Star · Feb 19
Celtic Quick News · May 2, 2017

‘Bobby Evans? Forgotten? He’s My Celtic Hero,’ Bertie Auld

BERTIE AULD is rightly regarded as a Celtic legend by all of our support, but even legends have their own heroes...

Celtic Quick News · May 2, 2017
Celtic Quick News · Apr 28, 2017

A Celtic Treasure, A Forgotten Hero

WHEN you look back on Bobby Evans, the first thing that will strike you is just why did it take so long before such a fitting biography was written on him?

Celtic Quick News · Apr 28, 2017
Celtic Quick News · Mar 24, 2017

Bobby Evans, A Celtic Legend No Longer Forgotten

BOBBY EVANS, immediately recognisable for his mop of red hair and tireless energy in every game, was the best right-half in Scotland (and probably in Britain too) between 1948 and 1956...

Celtic Quick News · Mar 24, 2017
Celtic Quick News · Mar 6, 2017

Bobby Evans – Celtic’s Forgotten Hero

BOBBY EVANS, immediately recognisable for his mop of red hair and tireless energy in every game, was the best right-half in Scotland (and probably in Britain too) between 1948 and 1956...

Celtic Quick News · Mar 6, 2017
Celtic FC · May 20, 2016

The Celtic story of Bobby Evans

Continue reading “The Celtic story of Bobby Evans” on Celtic FC.

Celtic FC · May 20, 2016
Jim Craig CSC · Aug 22, 2012

If You Know The History: 22nd August 22nd August Charlie Gallagher Debut

22nd August Charlie Gallagher Debut On this day in 1959, in a league cup tie at Celtic Park against Raith Rovers, inside-forward Charlie Gallagher made his first-team debut. It was a time of transition at Parkhead...

Jim Craig CSC · Aug 22, 2012
Jim Craig CSC · Aug 22, 2012

If You Know The History: 22nd August Charlie Gallagher Debut

22nd August Charlie Gallagher Debut On this day in 1959, in a league cup tie at Celtic Park against Raith Rovers, inside-forward Charlie Gallagher made his first-team debut. It was a time of transition at Parkhead...

Jim Craig CSC · Aug 22, 2012
The Shamrock · Nov 7, 2014

Celtic Snippets – Bobby Evans and a Citizen’s arrest

Bobby Evans, Celtic and Scotland captain and centre-half from the 1950s, was renowned for his commitment to the cause and ability on the ball.

The Shamrock · Nov 7, 2014
ETims · May 12, 2017

Bobby Evans And the Coronation Cup

The club and the support are gearing up to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of overcoming the odds and winning the European cup...

ETims · May 12, 2017
The Shamrock · Mar 7, 2014

‘Tic Toons – Bobbbbbbbby Evaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaans!!!

A favourite of the Celtic support throughout the late 1940s and 1950s, Bobby Evans was a classy defender once referred to as “a team in himself.” Flame-haired and expertly coiffured, Bobby was always well turned out...

The Shamrock · Mar 7, 2014
Jim Craig CSC · Jul 15, 2012

If You Know The History – 16th July Bobby Evans born Glasgow 1927

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Jim Craig CSC · Jul 15, 2012
Don't Let it Be Forgot · Oct 30, 2014

There’s Only One King Billy

There’s only one King BillyBobby Evans knew a player when he saw one and his first impressions of the lanky teenager playing for Our Lady’s High School were positive...

Don't Let it Be Forgot · Oct 30, 2014
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