Gentlemen

In response to now and then, I would like to offer my historical CV.

Phil Evans

Conceived in ‘The Cresent’ Altofts Normanton Nr Wakefield.

Born 13/01/48

Born in the same bedroom as my mother 38 years previously at my Granmas Pub, The Ship Inn in Royston Nr Barnsley. A John Smiths pub, which my granny had managed for over 40 years.

The son of a Welsh man Ivor Evans and the Landlords daughter Nancy.

We moved to Castleford when I was 4 to run a Tetley’s off licence which had 1 Bitter and Mild pump on the counter and I remember the Bitter slop tray going back into the into the Mild barrel in the cellar!Nothing new there then.

Failed my 11+ and went to Secondary Modern in Cas.

At 15 started training at Wheldon Road with Cas Juniors and played Centre with the Under 17s with Roger Millward,Mick Redfearn,Bill Francis and Brian Lockwood.

In May 1966 played stand off for Great Britain under 19s against France in Avignon and expectedto sign for Cas,but with Geoff Shelton announcing his retirement, Harry Jepson and Fred Ward appeared at the Off Licence on the 6th of June 1966 with the infamous 3£1000 pound contract.
Bought a Lambretta with the £50 cash to get me to Parkside.

After school I joined the NCB as an apprentice surveyor at Fryson colliery and worked on the coal face for 4 years.
I liked instruments and was pretty good at maths.

I knocked about in Cas with Vivian Nicholsons 3rd husband Brian,until he was killed in a head-on car crash similar to the previous 2 husbands. Problem was that they all drove a left-handed Cadillac, totallypissed.

In 1967 Mal Reilly made his Cas ‘debut’ at Parkside playing centre opposite me and we won 10-8 with Malcolm missing a last minute penalty kick to level the score.
Their kicker on the day Ron Hill,was carried off after 10 minutes with a broken jaw after accidentally colliding with Arthur Renders elbow!
Just going back to my signing on for Hunslet, when I got my Lambretta Fred Ward asked if I could pick him up in Cas and take him to Parkside. I did this regularly untill one thurs night I was swerving in and out of traffic as I approached Rothwell roundabout , when Fred jumped off and then caught the South Yorkshire bus to training!

Married a Hunslet girl(who I met in the “Spotted Dog” pub!)in 1970 at Beeston Church.
Still married with 2 wonderful sons,42 and 43 and 4 super grandchildren.

Made my debut for Hunslet ‘A’ Team at Wakefield and scored 3 tries 1966/67.
“Griff” was injured in the first game and Fred asked Jackie Booth who could be promoted to the first team from the “A” team in the backs. Jackie Booth said I could. Fred called me over from training to the dressing room and said “tha’s in the first team on Saturday,but it nowt to do wi Lambretta!”

After 3 seasons at Parkside,my job took me to Birmingham as regional Sales Manager with Cron Paints.Within 4 years I made it to the Board of Directors at Crown Paints with their HQ based in Blackburn.

I moved up north again and signed for Bradford Northern.
My ‘mentors’ at Parkside were and for many different reasons, Billy Baldwinson,Grabsy and Moose.
The best players I ever played against are Alan’chuck’Hardisty,Sydney Hynes and Mal Reilly.

I retired at 60 in January 2008 after spending 10 years as Managing Director of Kalon PLC,UK&Ireland,in Birdstall,South Leeds. They are paint manufacturers with the Johnstone’s and Leylands Trade Brands.I was responsible for 4 factories,200 Decorator Centres,£300 million sales and 3,000 employees.

Not bad for a lad from Cas who failed his 11+
Now enjoying retirement in Alderley Edge a “posh” village in Cheshire!

The 4 years 1966-1970 at Parkside not only changed my life but formed my life and I was and still am,privileged to belong to a unique band of men.

Gratefull for ever

Yours

Phil Evans.

Phil I suppose you could say you went from Lambretta to Lamborghini. Jarvo