Herbie Evans

Image Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

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 suffered a double fracture of his left leg and spent almost two years 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, who attended Radnor Road Board School in Canton, Cardiff 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 and selection for Cardiff City. In all, Herbie made 93 Football League appearances for the Bluebirds, initially as an amateur, before turning professional in March 1922.

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.

Minor County Championship12166.00
Minor County Friendlies2407017.50
Herbie Evans’ career batting record for Glamorgan.