Remember that try well Andrew. Lived in Leeds at the time. He made quite a few breaks that day. A class player. I reminded him of that try recently and he couldn't remember it. I also remember him scoring a try off the left wing against Australia when they were truly great. In my opinion he was one of the best. He often said thast when he played against us for Hull especially in 83 his heart wasn't really in it to beat his old team. But he was good. Later on we did quite a lot of work together for the Fev Charity. He organised the golf tournaments. Always a Fev lad in reality.
I think the Steve Evans try was the year of the players strike, the 1977/78 season. if not it was the relegation year 78/79.
My memory of a marvellous Steve Evans try was on Boxing Day 1980 v Leeds at Headingley, He went the length of the field leaving Neil Hague in his wake to score the only try in a really close encounter (something like 5-2, although that may have been the score in the 82/83 season) only to puke up his Christmas festivities just after touching down.
To me Steve Evans could have been a legend of the game, he had pace, power, a great pair of hands, a step, could play anywhere in the backs, could kick goals, I just felt that he never quite achieved the zenith, maybe perhaps the fact that GB were a poor team then, maybe his big money move to Hull where he was a medium suzed fush in a large pond. I'd be interested to hear other views about him.
Which classic Fev game do you wish was available on DVD?
Posted 22 December 2013 - 07:48 PM
Posted 22 December 2013 - 09:02 PM
Not that I can remember.
was that dave vickers game on grandstand?
Posted 22 December 2013 - 09:43 PM
Edited by Andrew Vause, 22 December 2013 - 09:44 PM.
Posted 22 December 2013 - 10:21 PM
His entry to the pro game was certainly with a bang. We often remember and recall on this forum all the ex Rovers who return to haunt us, however I feel there are just as many who never reach the heights they do at Rovers (just my opinion) .
I feel we definitely saw the best of Steve. As mentioned via an earlier post - as a very young man in a weakish GB team he was more than a handful for an amazing Aussie team.
The memories fade as the years go by however we all remember his amazing Boxing Day performance at Leeds, made all the more remarkable by the "stories" circulating at the time of him being out on the town the evening before and viciously hung over during the game.
It never really tallied with the polite young man off the field and the genius on it in his younger years.
I agree with AV - could have been a legend of the game. Still a rovers legend for me. Although they both wore the same shirt in different generations an Evans / Newlove centre partnership would have been a bit special.
Posted 22 December 2013 - 11:04 PM
Edited by Andrew Vause, 22 December 2013 - 11:06 PM.
Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:18 AM
There was a game on granstand I think it may have been the year Rovers got relegated 78/79 or the year before. They played either Salford or St. Helens and lost 19-20 I think. I vaguely recall Steve Evans punching the air to the Rovers fans as he put them into the lead early in the second half. Old Rover, I think Dave Vickers featured in that game.
It was Saints away i remember it well, im sure Quinny had a kick from the touchline late on to win us the game and missed
Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:02 PM