WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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Graham Evans
Evans has succeeded his father as manager of Caersws.

Three-times winner of the Welsh Premier's golden boot award and a consistent scorer with his home village side of Caersws, Evans consistently attracted the attention of English clubs and spent two seasons on contract with Aston Villa.
A Welsh Schools Under-18 and semi-professional international who is the son of Caersws manager and former Wrexham legend Mickey Evans, Graham enjoyed nine seasons with his home village club before spending pre-season 2005/6 on trial at Hereford United and signed a one-year deal with the Bulls.
But he moved to TNS in January 2006 after being unable to break into the Bulls' first-team line-up on a consistent basis.
After being unable to agree terms with TNS for 2006/7, he returned to the Bluebirds, moving-on after two seasons to join Aberystwyth Town. In August 2010, he left Park Avenue for Caersws once again, explaining: "I was about to start my third season with Aberystwyth in the Super 12 but the bad ankle ligament injury I suffered in the previous season flared up again so I decided to focus on getting that right.
"As I had not registered with Aber prior to the August 31 transfer window deadline, Aber misinterpreted the rules and wouldn't have been able to register me until 1 January 2011.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my two seasons in Aber and made some great friends, but in the end it was a no brainer and having had a few clubs interested, Caersws were the only other club I'd have signed for."
With 157 goals from 290 (+59) appearances, Evans is high on the league's lift of all-time scorers and says the greatest influence on his career have been his parents.
"I wouldn't like to guess how many miles they've covered coming to watch games and hardly missed any of the Wales matches I've played in the last 12 years, including travelling through blizzards in the Highlands of Scotland and to Cork in Ireland.
"I have the highest of respect for Dad in what he's achieved in the game, he has always pushed me on the pitch, a best mate off it, and rightly so as with every other player who's played for him has never been shy to let me know when he's unhappy with performance!"

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25 April 2017

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