Evans, Nolan

Birth Date

1st January 1885





Biographical Text

Nolan Evans, a Lancastrian from Wigan, played for Exeter City in the Southern League having joined from St Helen's Recreation in 1910. He moved to Clapton Orient in 1912 and was later injured in the Great War.

Nicknamed ‘Peggy’ he was listed in the 1901 census in Ashton-in-Makerfield as a coal miner and signed for Exeter City following spells with Bryn Central and St Helens Recreation. He made his debut for the Grecians in the opening game of the Southern League season at home to Brentford on 2 September 1910.

After making a total of 29 league appearances scoring once (against Luton Town in March 1911) in 1910/11, Nolan made 34 league appearances during the following season (when he also scored against Luton). Whilst in Exeter he lived with his family at 9 Mansfield Road.

Moving to Clapton Orient at the start of the 1912/13 season, Nolan played for the East London club until football was suspended for the duration of the Great War making a total of 111 appearances scoring once. Joining the Footballers Battalion (17th Middlesex Regiment) with his team mates, he was at Maile and at Deville Wood on the Somme where he was injured.

After the war Nolan returned home to Bryn near Wigan and, because of his war injury, was unable to play professionally again. He died in Ashton-in-Makerfield aged 63 in 1948.

In the BFI National Archive film on this page, Nolan is the last player to run onto the pitch.





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derek evans

Thank you for the reply. We have seens the video but we havnt seen somt of the photos. we have never seen the round photo and the last group photo. Is he on this photo we cant pick him out. His son Edward ( Ted ) my father lived with me he is 95 and his Daughter Elizabeth ( aunt Peggy ) is still living. We also didnt know he had been capped for Wales. Nolans father was originally from Wales near wrexham. A goup walked from Wrexham to Wigan to find work in the mines thats why he would be elligible to play for Wales. I took my father (Ted) to the Somme a few years ago and paid a visit to Devile wood.

regards Derek

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