|Season||Division||GtGR||Win %||Draw %||Loss %|
|Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals|
|GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in|
|Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals|
|Recent First Team Starts|
|Mar 23rd, 1929||23/03/29||City Cup||vs. Coleraine (A)||2 - 0|
|Feb 25th, 1929||25/02/29||League||Irish League||vs. Linfield (A)||0 - 6|
|Recent First Team Goals|
|List of Goals Scored|
|List of Games Played (click to expand)|
Scottish winger Sam Evans returned to his family roots to appear briefly for the new Ballymena club in their first season in senior football.
Sam made his transition to Scottish First Division football in the summer of 1923, signing for St. Mirren. Evans spent two seasons featuring regularly on the right flank for the Paisley side as they finished sixth in the top-tier of Scottish football for two consecutive seasons in 1923/24 and 1924/25 – making 42 appearances, scoring twice.
Despite his progress, he was afforded a free transfer from Love Street in June 1925, there was speculation of a move to Cowdenbeath, but ahead of the 1925/26 campaign Evans made the short journey across to fellow First Division club Clydebank. The 21-year-old outside forward personally fared well in his first season; contributing seven goals in 37 appearances but could not save the Bankies from relegation as the club finished four points adrift at the bottom of the standings.
A rift between Evans and the club in the summer of 1926 resulted in the player being placed on the transfer-list but he was eventually settled his differences and returned in September to spearhead the promotion push out of the Second Division. Despite eventually missing out on an immediate return to the top-tier Sam’s pace and quick thinking won him many admirers and a reputation as one of the most talented wingers in Scottish football as he finished the campaign with 24 goals to his name.
In July 1927, he made the move south to Second Division outfit Reading – signing amidst much anticipation from the Berkshire based club after his stellar season previously. Thrown straight into the first eleven, the winger failed to settle quickly in his new surroundings and was eventually only given 13 games to prove himself over the next season and a half, having failed to score in any of those outings for the club.
Having only made two appearances during his second season (1928/1929), the opportunity came calling from Northern Ireland in February 1929 and the chance to represent his ancestral roots by signing for the new Ballymena FC club, who were midway through their first season in existence. He had the misfortune of an inauspicious debut against Linfield in which the Light Blues were put to the sword at Windsor Park, losing 6-0 in the final league outing of the season.
Evans dropped out of the team for a couple of weeks, returning for the City Cup win against Coleraine at the Ballycastle Road venue, but merely as part of a second-string eleven in preparation for the important Irish Cup final the following Saturday. Evans failed to win a place in the panel for the memorable showpiece against Belfast Celtic and by the Monday morning after the final, he had signed his release papers to head back across the Irish Sea after just two appearances.
Last updated: 13 September 2021
February 25th, 1929
Linfield 6 - 0 Ballymena United
League (Irish League)