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Villa's Fab 50 top player countdown: 8 Allan Evans
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18th Jul 2011
Villa's Fab 50 top player countdown: 8 Allan Evans


Villa's Fab 50
8: Allan Evans
Career: 1977-1989
Appearances: 475
Goals: 62

Allan Evans played a crucial role at the heart of the defence during Villa's championship and European Cup triumphs.

Yet it was as a striker that he had arrived at Villa Park from Dunfermline Athletic in May 1977.

He scored 15 goals for the Scottish club, including a couple of hat-tricks, although his Dunfermline debut was one to forget - he suffered a broken leg against Glasgow Rangers.

After his move to Villa, he was regularly on target for the reserves and played up front in his first three games, scoring against Newcastle United to indicate his future lay up front.

By the end of that season, though, he had been converted to a central defender, a position in which he served the club so well over the next decade.

Solid and consistent, he was a fine tackler and a commanding header of the ball, and was parsimonious in the extreme when it came to keeping out forwards.

During the championship campaign of 1980-81 his impressive form ensured that Villa conceded only 40 goals during the course of their 42 games.

And when he got forward, his predatory instincts meant he was always a threat to opposition defences - he was on target seven times that season.

His excellent form also earned him four Scotland caps, and it wasn't until the second half of the club's relegation season of 1986-87 that he ceased to be a first team regular.

But even then, he fought his way back into the team 12 months later to become a pivotal figure in Villa's promotion from the old Second Division.

He also made 26 appearances in the club's first season back in the First Division before joining Leicester City on a free transfer in August 1989 and subsequently moving to Australia.

He later had spells as an assistant manager to Brian Little at both Leicester and Villa.

All profiles courtesy of Rob Bishop and Frank Holt's comprehensive book: Aston Villa - The Complete Record.

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49: Juan Pablo Angel - click here
48: John Deehan - click here
47: Ken McNaught - click here
46: Gary Williams - click here
45: Tony Daley - click here
44: Ashley Young - click here
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39: Martin Laursen - click here
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37: Gabby Agbonlahor - click here
36: Bobby Thomson - click here
35: Harry Burrows - click here
34: Mark Bosnich - click here
33: Ray Graydon - click here
32: Les Smith - click here
31: Harry Parkes - click here
30: George Cummings - click here
29: Jimmy Dugdale - click here
28: Chris Nicholl - click here
27: Alan Wright - click here
26: Jimmy Rimmer - click here
25: Brian Little - click here
24: Gerry Hitchens - click here
23: Peter Aldis - click here
22: Tony Hateley - click here
21: Tony Morley - click here
20: Gary Shaw - click here
19: Steve Staunton - click here
18: Ian Taylor - click here
17: Dwight Yorke - click here
16: Des Bremner - click here
15: Gareth Southgate - click here
14: Nigel Sims - click here
13: Andy Gray - click here
12: Gareth Barry - click here
11: Stan Lynn - click here
10: Charlie Aitken - click here
9: Nigel Spink - click here
8: Allan Evans

 

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