Evans, Henry (Harry)

Birth Date

17th April 1919


Lambeth, London



Biographical Text

Henry Evans played for Exeter City between 1947 and 1949. He joined the club from Southampton and later played for Aldershot where he was eventually manager ahead of becoming part of Bill Nicholson's backroom team when Spurs won the double in 1961. His daughter was married to John White, a Tottenham player killed by lightning in 1964. Harry himself had died aged 43 a year after his club's double success. 

Signed by Southampton from Woking in October 1943, Harry Evans played just one league match for the Saints and then moved to Exeter City in June 1947 for a small fee. He had been the captain of the Saints’ reserve team and described as ‘a useful 90 minute player with good ball control.’

Making his league debut for the Grecians against Walsall at Fellows Park the following August, he scored six goals in 30 starts. However, apart from a run of 11 consecutive matches the following season, Harry had to be content with reserve team football.

He moved to Aldershot in March 1949, having lived in Farnborough throughout his time with Exeter and training with the Shots. In just over a season with Aldershot he netted five goals in 16 league appearances. He was appointed manager of Aldershot in 1955, a post he held for four years.

At one stage he was linked with a return to take over as manager of Exeter City in December 1957.

Harry became assistant manager at Tottenham Hotspur after leaving the Shots, and along with manager Bill Nicholson helped guide the team to a League and Cup double in 1961. His daughter married Tottenham and Scotland player John White who was tragically killed by a lightning strike in 1964 two years after Harry Evans had died  .

Harry Evans died of cancer two years earlier in 1962.







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