Tributes paid as death of former Walsall, Rochdale, Kidderminster player age 51


Tributes have been paid as the death of former Walsall, Rochdale, Kidderminster player has sadly been confirmed age 51 on Sunday.

The Welshman played as a defender for Walsall and Rochdale in the EFL and later went on to coach youth kids, one club being Penn Fusion Soccer Academy in West Chester, PA, however he only stayed for one season, then went on to move to Nova Scotia so that he could resume his coaching career.

He worked as Youth Team manager at Shrewsbury Town alongside former Salop defenders Peter Wilding and David Hughes.

Then in 2011, he agreed to pull on his boots again and was named in the squad for Newtown for the New Year’s Day trip to Welsh Premier League champions The New Saints.

Martin O’Connor said in the following social media statement: “Some sad news today .. my friend and team mate Wayne Evans has passed away following a heart attack RIP Wanners”

Rochdale tweeted: “We’re deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Dale man Wayne Evans.

“The full-back played 297 times for the club between 1999-2004, putting him 8th on our all-time appearances list.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tough time.

“R.I.P. Evo 💙 #RAFC”

Kidderminster said: “Wayne Evans made 15 appearances for Harriers in 2005-06.

“The club sends its condolences to his family and loved ones at this sad time. ❤️”

Bescot Banter posted: “We are saddened to learn that former Walsall defender Wayne Evans has died at the age of 51.

“Joining from Welshpool Town in 1993, Wayne made 183 league appearances over six-years in WS1 before going on to play for Rochdale & Kidderminster ahead of a return to Welshpool.”

Shrewsbury Town said: “Shrewsbury Town Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former academy manager Wayne Evans. Wayne was head of Salop’s academy for four years until 2013. The thoughts of everyone at Shrewsbury Town are with Wayne’s friends and family at this sad time.”

More tributes were paid as the death of former Walsall, Rochdale, Kidderminster player Wayne Evans age 51 is confirmed…

@AndrewFarrar2: One of the most consistent players to ever wear the dale shirt!! RIP

@KatieEdwards_11: Shocked 😳 Ex Shrewsbury Town academy coach. Wayne was one of the good guys I’ve met when I was on my work experience with the academy lads. Thoughts are with his family & friends at this sad times 💙💛 RIP Wayne

@CharxRafc: Absolutely gutted about this! Was one of my first favourite players, so consistent and always gave 100%. RIP Wayne Evans 💔

@shacklelad12: Very sad news!!

@misterdickinson: God, he must have been no age at all.

@dbrookes92: RIP Wayne, thank you for everything

@JavChowdry: Top player and a top bloke. Very sad news. RIP Wayne.

@Jason04480408: No, surely not. Great lad, great team mate, good fullback. Love to his family ❤️

@rochdalescouser: Really sad news. One of the all-time legends. RIP Evo.

@Tomlawton17: RIP Evans top servant to the dale

@bob_crowe: A brilliant player and all round top bloke RIP Evvo

@Josh_smith14: Absolutely gutted to hear this! Some of my earliest memories involved Evo, he was one of the most consistent performers I’ve seen in a Dale shirt and will always be known as a Dale Legend. Rest easy, Evo 💙

@GregIngham1: Awful news, rest in peace Evo. A warrior on the field.

@MichaelKilpat10: Very sad news. He was a very unassuming but reliable player for The Dale. Condolences to his friends and family.

@LennyDale: Totally gutted by this. Genuinely one of my favourite players, right back in my best Dale 11. RIP Evo 😢

@MiaHartley19: Deepest sympathy and condolence are with Wayne’s family and friends everyone who knew him and played with him and worked with him 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭🙏🙏

@paulcardy4: Really sad news, a top fella Evo, never mind a quality footballer – thinking of his loved ones x Rest in peace mate x

@RemiChatburn: Ahh man R.I.P. Evo only joe raff comes close to this man at RB for the dale. Sleep well up the dale

@Dec76: Really upsetting this. One of my favourite players. 51 is no age. RIP Evo.

@sigrandy: Heartbreaking news to hear. Was an amazing role model when I broke into the team and the nicest fella you could ever meet. RIP Evo 💔

@MattTurner_WG: So sad. Mr Consistent, no less than a 7/10 every week. Absolutely no age 😥

@mattbdale: RIP Wayne Evans sad loss thoughts with his family

@MiaHartley19: Absolutely heartbroken deepest sympathy and condolence with Waynes family and friends everyone who knew him aT worked with him love from all dale fans and everyone at Rochdale afc always treasured rip xx lovely man x

@fitzochris: Him and Lee Todd in the same team was a full back dream team. This is awful news.

@daleprogramme: What sad news to hear about the passing of Wayne Evans at age 51. One of my favourite ever Dale players; steady, unspectacular and never let anyone down. A mainstay of our defence for six seasons and only just missed out on 300 appearances. RIP Evo

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