Corry John Evans (born 30 July 1990) is a Northern Irish footballer who plays as a midfielder or centre-back for Blackburn Rovers. A Northern Ireland under-21 and senior international, he came through the Manchester United youth academy, like his older brother, Leicester City centre-back Jonny Evans. Corry Evans is capable of operating in defence or the centre of midfield. He has been used mainly as a midfielder for Blackburn Rovers.
Evans playing for Hull City in 2011
|Full name||Corry John Evans|
|Date of birth||30 July 1990|
|Place of birth||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2010||→ Carlisle United (loan)||1||(0)|
|2011||→ Hull City (loan)||18||(3)|
|2006–2007||Northern Ireland U16||3||(1)|
|2007||Northern Ireland U17||5||(0)|
|2007–2008||Northern Ireland U19||9||(0)|
|2008–2009||Northern Ireland U21||10||(0)|
|2009||Northern Ireland B||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:48, 6 May 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:42, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
Born in Belfast, Evans began his career with Greenisland Boys FC, where fellow Manchester United youth players Craig Cathcart and Conor Devlin also played before moving to England. However, when Evans' brother, Jonny, was signed by Manchester United, the whole family moved to Manchester.
Evans then joined the Manchester United youth team, and originally played as a schoolboy until he signed a trainee contract with the club on his 16th birthday in July 2006. By then, he had already become a regular in the club's Under-18 side, and he even made his debut for the reserve team on 31 October 2005, coming on as a substitute for Sam Hewson in a 5–1 away defeat by Oldham Athletic. He made 19 appearances and scored one goal for the Under 18s in 2006–07, but his next reserve team appearance did not come until November 2007, when he came on as a second-half substitute for David Gray in a 2–1 away win over Middlesbrough.
After five more appearances for the reserves in 2007–08, Evans established himself as a regular in the reserve team in 2008–09, and was even given the captain's armband at one point. However, despite having been deployed as a central midfielder throughout his earlier career, Evans found himself increasingly used as a centre-back during the 2008–09 season. Towards the end of the season, along with James Chester and Tom Cleverley, Evans was nominated by reserve team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær for the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year award, but lost out to Chester.
In July 2010, Evans was part of the United squad that toured North America. Although he was an unused substitute in the first match against Celtic, he came on as a substitute in the second half of the second game against Philadelphia Union, joining his brother Jonny on the pitch.
On 14 January 2011, he joined Hull City on loan. Making his debut on 22 January 2011, as a replacement for Cameron Stewart, and scoring in the 1–1 away draw against Reading. The move was made permanent following the close of the 2010–11 season.
He made his first appearance since joining City on a permanent deal starting against Ipswich Town on 13 August 2011 at Portman Road, with City winning 1–0. On 10 December 2011 against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, a neat move down the left resulted in Dawson sending over a high cross which dropped for Corry Evans, who controlled the ball before sending a low volley past Murphy and into the bottom corner of the net.
After 97 appearances for Hull, Evans left to join Blackburn Rovers in August 2013. Despite a groin injury delaying his debut for the club, Evans passed a medical and signed a three-year contract. On 31 August 2013, Evans scored his first goal for the club with a superb volley from 25 yards. In November 2015, he signed a contract extension which would keep him in the club till 2019. He was injured in December 2016 in a match against Brighton and Hove Albion in December 2016 due to a recurring groin problem. As a result, he was substituted off in the second half. In March 2017, it was announced that he would be ruled out of action for the rest of the season as he would undergo a surgery for his groin problem.
Evans began his international football career as a schoolboy international, playing for the Northern Ireland under-16 side; he scored one goal in three appearances for the team. In 2007, he progressed to the under-17 side, playing in five fixtures in the space of two months. However, the team went winless in those five matches, losing three and drawing the other two. By the end of 2007, Evans had joined the under-19 team, but they were just as the under-17s, losing four and winning just one of the six matches that Evans played in between October 2007 and October 2008. He made his debut for the under-21 side on 19 August 2008, but he was substituted after 72 minutes of the 1–0 defeat to Poland. He has since made four more appearances for the under-21s. Although the U21s failed to qualify for the Euro 2009, he was recalled for several Euro 2011 qualifiers.
Evans received his first call-up to the Northern Ireland senior team on 20 May 2009; he was named in a 19-man squad that contained nine other uncapped players for the match against Italy in Pisa on 6 June 2009. He made his debut in that very game, playing 78 minutes of the 3–0 defeat before being replaced by Shane Ferguson. On 3 September 2010, Evans scored his first international goal as he scored the winner with his first touch after coming on as a substitute in a 1–0 away win over Slovenia in the first UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying game.
Evans was included in the Northern Ireland squad for the 2016 UEFA Euro which took place in France. He was an unused substitute in its first match which saw Northern Ireland lose to Poland by a margin of 1–0. He played the whole of the country's last group stage match against Wales which produced a similar result due to which Northern Ireland was eliminated from the tournament.
During the first leg of a two-game playoff against Switzerland in the qualifying tournament for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Evans was penalised for handball after a shot from close proximity from Xherdan Shaqiri went off his side, leading to a penalty kick that would be converted for what would ultimately prove the deciding score, both on the day and on aggregate. His brother Jonny compared the decision to Thierry Henry's handball against the Republic of Ireland in the 2010 qualification playoff.
- As of match played 5 May 2019
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Manchester United||2008–09||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Carlisle United (loan)||2010–11||League One||1||0||—||—||—||1||0|
|Hull City (loan)||2010–11||Championship||18||3||—||—||—||18||3|
- As of match played 11 June 2019
- Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.
|1||3 September 2010||Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia||5||Slovenia||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualification|
|2||18 November 2018||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||52||Austria||1–1||1–2||2018–19 UEFA Nations League B|
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