Featherstone Rovers mourn former chairman Steve Evans

Former club chairman Steve Evans in his playing days for Featherstone Rovers.
Former club chairman Steve Evans in his playing days for Featherstone Rovers.
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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS are mourning former player and chairman Steve Evans, who has died aged 59.

An outstanding centre, but also able to play on the wing and at stand-off, Evans was a Championship winner with Rovers and Hull and was a member of the Black and Whites’ 1982 Challenge Cup final-winning team.

After starring for Rovers’ junior side, scoring 38 tries in 1975-76, he moved into the senior team and made his debut as a substitute in September, 1976.

His first start came three months later and he scored two tries – his first for the club – in Featherstone’s 7-5 win at Barrow which sealed the title in April, 1977.

He made 140 appearances for Featherstone from 1976-82, scoring 76 tries, before a £70,000 transfer to Hull.

He had already played in the Challenge Cup preliminary round and was therefore Cup-tied, but due to a loophole in the rules the Rugby Football League allowed him to turn out for Hull in later rounds and he featured in the Wembley draw with Widnes and the replay triumph at Elland Road.

The following year he played for Hull when they were beaten by Rovers at Wembley.

After scoring 90 tries in 166 games for Hull he joined Wakefield Trinity in 1986 and played 15 games, crossing four times, before moving to Bradford Northern and then Sheffield Eagles.

Evans played in 10 Tests for Great Britain from 1979-82, scoring the only try against Australia in the 1982 Ashes series.

He was a Great Britain under-23s captain and played three times for England and a similar number for Yorkshire.

After his playing career he returned to to Rovers as chairman from 2004-2006.