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Encyclopedia > Maurice Evans (footballer)

Maurice George Evans (22nd September 193618th August 2000) was a football player with Reading Football Club, and later manager of Shrewsbury, Reading and Oxford United. September 22 is the 265th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (266th in leap years). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... August 18 is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Reading Football Club is a football club, based in the English town of Reading. ... Shrewsbury Town Football Club is an English football club currently playing in Football League Two, the fourth tier of English football. ... Oxford United F.C. is an English football team currently playing in Football League Two. ...


Evans was born in Didcot (now in Oxfordshire, but then in Berkshire) in 1936. He signed for Reading in 1952 as a ground staff junior, aged just 16. He soon won his place at left-half in the first team and held it throughout the adversities of National Service in the RAF. He went on to make the wing-half position his own for the next ten seasons, and was a skilful, thoughtful player without an ounce of malice in him, playing 459 first-team games without being booked once. Didcot is a town in the Thames Valley in southern England, United Kingdom. ... Oxfordshire (abbreviated Oxon, from the Latinised form Oxonia) is a county in south-east England, bordering on Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Warwickshire. ... Berkshire (IPA: or  ; sometimes abbreviated to Berks) is a county in England and forms part of the South East England region. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... National service describes a form of military service in which all citizens (or all male citizens) of one particular nation can participate, either voluntarily or (more often) non-voluntarily. ... RAF is an three letter acronym for: Royal Air Force -- the Air Force of the United Kingdom (see also Air Ministry) Red Army Faction (Rote Armee Fraktion) -- a German terror organisation Rigas Autobusu Fabrika -- a factory making buses in Riga, Latvia Rapid Action Force in India Računarski Fakultet RAF...


After leaving the club in 1967, he briefly took over as player-manager at Andover before joining Shrewsbury as player-coach, eventually becoming their manager in 1972. He returned to Elm Park as Charlie Hurley's assistant manager in 1974, and finally took over as manager in 1977. He managed the 1978/79 championship-winning team, securing the Manager Of The Year Award in the process. He remained Reading manager until 1984, making perceptive signings from non-league football such as Kerry Dixon and Trevor Senior. Andover F.C. is a football club based in Andover, England. ... Shrewsbury Town Football Club is an English football club currently playing in Football League Two, the fourth tier of English football. ... Elm Park is also the name of the former ground of the English Association football team Reading F.C.. Elm Park is a place in the London Borough of Havering. ... Charie Hurley (born 4th October 1936) was a centre back, voted as Sunderland A.F.C.s Player of the Century by their fans on the occasion of the clubs centenary in 1979. ... Kerry Dixon (born 24 July 1961, in Luton, United Kingdom) is a former professional football player for Chelsea and England. ...


Evans then joined Oxford United as Chief Scout and Youth Development Officer. He became the manager after the resignation of Jim Smith in the summer of 1985, and lead the team in their first season in the top flight of English football. The season ended with United beating QPR (managed by Smith) 3–0 in the final of the Milk Cup at Wembley, and avoiding relegation by achieving the same scoreline over Arsenal in the last game of the season a week or so later. At the Wembley final, Evans famously sent up long-serving club physio Ken Fish in his place to collect his winner's medal; this gesture is seen as typifying Evans' modesty and generosity. Evans stepped down as manager in March 1988, towards the end of United's last season in the old First Division. He continued at the club in various capacities, including a brief stint as caretaker-manager in 1993, and elevation to the board of directors in 1998, before rejoining Reading as Chief Scout in November 1999. A lounge at the Kassam Stadium is named in his honour. Oxford United F.C. is an English football team currently playing in Football League Two. ... Jim Smith, left, with Harry Redknapp Jim Smith (born October 17, 1940) is a former English football (soccer) player and is now working as a coach. ... Queens Park Rangers Football Club is an English football team, from Shepherds Bush, London. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in north London. ... Sign on the outside of the South Stand The Kassam Stadium is the home of Oxford United F.C., and is named after the clubs owner and chairman, Firoz Kassam. ...


He died of a heart attack on 18th August 2000 at the age of 63.


References

  • Obituary, The Association of Football Statisticians

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