Herbie Evans was the first person to play both county cricket for Glamorgan and League football for Cardiff City. However, he only played once in the County Championship match, against Worcestershire at Cardiff during 1922, whilst his footballing career was blighted by injury as during March 1924 Herbie broke his left leg and spent several months on the sidelines. He then joined Tranmere Rovers in 1926 only to suffer a career-ending fracture of his right leg during August 1927.
Herbie had first hit the sporting headlines in the years immediately after the Great War with the youngster playing cricket for St. Fagans, besides winning Welsh schoolboy caps and playing amateur football for Cardiff Corinthians. His prowess with the leather ball brought him a Welsh amateur cap in 1922/23 and selection for Cardiff City. In all, Herbie made 93 Football League appearances for the Bluebirds, initially as an amateur, before turning professional in 1923/24.
As far as his cricketing exploits were concerned, he made three appearances as a middle-order batsman for Glamorgan during their Minor County days in 1920, before two years later answering an SOS from the county’s selectors to play in the game against Worcestershire at the Arms Park over the Whitsun Bank Holiday when other amateurs dropped out at short notice before the game.
EVANS, Herbert Price
Born – Llandaff, 30th August 1894 .
Died – Llandough, 19th November 1982.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In Minor County cricket – 49 v Monmouthshire at Ebbw Vale, 1920.
In first-class cricket – 9 v Worcestershire at Cardiff Arms Park, 1922.