I have just looked up history of all Everton players to try and find a Rodney Evans.

Rod was a Liverpool schoolboys centre forward and Lancashire Schoolboy 100 and 200 yards champion. Tom Saunders (bootroom boy at Liverpool) was a teacher at Olive Mount and manager of Liverpool Schoolboys. He discovered Rod and pushed him to Everton.

Rod, I believe, got into the Reserve team but suffered a serious shoulder injury which finished his career. We played in the Olive Mount school team which included Tommy Wright. Unfortunately, Rod died at 30 although he did play for Earle in the Lancashire Combination.


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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 31/07/2017 at 20:50:04
Good luck with that, Ken. It's usually very difficult to find out much about any reserves player who never made it into the Everton first team. The record books don't recognize them as Everton players.

You don't indicate the period in which he played. One thing would be to check through matchday programmes from that era for mentions of him, but they probably won't tell you all that much. And as few if any Everton programmes are available in full as searchable pdf files, you'd have to work through hard copies. I check the Everton Collection now and again for programmes online, but there aren't as many as you'd think.

Another source would be the Echo archives, and more specifically, the Blue Correspondent website, but they still have a massive gap from October 1959 through June 2001.

Good luck!

Ken Birch
2 Posted 19/08/2017 at 13:47:07
I have just looked up history of all Everton players to try and find a Rodney Evans. Rod was a Liverpool schoolboys centre forward and Lancashire Schoolboy 100 and 200 yards champion. Tom Saunders (bootroom boy at Liverpool) was a teacher at Olive Mount and manager of Liverpool Schoolboys; he discovered Rod and pushed him to Everton.

Rod, I believe, got into the Reserve team but suffered a serious shoulder injury which finished his career. We played in the Olive Mount school team which included Tommy Wright. Unfortunately Rod died at 30 although he did play for Earle in the Lancashire Combination.

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