Ian Ross Evatt (born 19 November 1981) is an English footballer who plays for and captains Chesterfield. He started his career as a central midfielder, before being converted to a central defender in his first spell at Chesterfield.
|Full name||Ian Ross Evatt|
|Date of birth||19 November 1981|
|Place of birth||Coventry, England|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) |
|Playing position||Central Defender|
|2001||→ Northampton Town (loan)||11||(0)|
|2005–2007||Queens Park Rangers||27||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Blackpool (loan)||26||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:17, 7 February 2018 (UTC).
When he was ten years old, Evatt played for the district side in his hometown and was scouted by Derby County. He started with them from the age of 11 years. He signed his first professional contract on his seventeenth birthday in 1998. His first appearance in the Derby team came in the last match of the 2000–01 season, on 19 May 2001 at Pride Park, when he replaced Þórður Guðjónsson in the 78th minute. In the 2001–02 season he spent two months on loan with Division Two club Northampton Town, from 10 August to 10 October 2001, playing in eleven League games. His next appearance for Derby came in April 2002 when he came on for Rob Lee against Newcastle United, then on the last day of the 2001–02 Premier League season he made his full debut against Sunderland, playing the full 90 minutes of a 1–1 draw at the Stadium of Light. Derby were relegated and the following season, under new manager John Gregory, Evatt was a regular starter in the side.
On 9 September 2002, Evatt scored the Rams' third goal as they beat Division Two club Mansfield Town 3–1 in the Worthington Cup. In the following round against Oldham Athletic, Evatt found himself having to play in goal when Mart Poom got sent off.
He started out as a centre-midfielder, before being moved to central defence. Evatt said of the move, "I started off my career in midfield. I played a few games in the Premier League and, as I got bigger, I moved backwards but I enjoyed it. They saw the potential for me to be a better centre-half." Evatt suffered an injury in March 2003. Then, just before George Burley was appointed as manager to replace John Gregory, who had been sacked in March, Evatt had to have a double hernia operation and he did not feature much for Derby afterwards.
Evatt signed for Division Two club Chesterfield in July 2003, with Spireites manager Roy McFarland saying that Evatt was his number-one target to take to the club. Initially he played in midfield, where he struggled, before being moved by McFarland into central defence, where his performances improved. He went on to become the club captain and he won the Player of the Season award for the 2003–04 season. However, in the summer he needed a further hernia operation as the operation the previous year while he was with Derby did not fix the problem.
On 26 August 2004, Evatt signed a contract extension with the club to the summer of 2007, saying that it took him just five minutes to make the decision to sign, as he felt the club were "going in the right direction". In February 2005, Chesterfield turned down an offer for Evatt from Bristol City. He was also attracting interest from other clubs, including Leicester City.
At the end of the 2004–05 season, Evatt won the SIFA Player of the Season Award and was runner-up in the CFSS Player of the Season Award. He made a total of 84 League appearances, scoring nine goals for the Spireites.
Queens Park RangersEdit
On 2 June 2005, Evatt signed a three-year contract with Championship club Queens Park Rangers for a fee of £150,000, under a clause in his contract at Chesterfield that allowed him to move if a six-figure bid was made. On 3 December 2005, during an away match against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, Evatt was assaulted by a Stoke fan. When a Stoke City player was sent off, resulting in a penalty being awarded to QPR, a young Potters fan ran onto the pitch and jumped at Evatt from behind, knocking him to the floor, where he was also alleged to have punched Evatt. The youth was arrested and subsequently charged with assault. He was banned from attending football matches for three years and at trial pleaded guilty to assault.
QPR terminated Evatt's contract, enabling him to join Blackpool on a permanent basis on 5 January 2007, during the transfer window. He signed an 18-month contract, with the League One club having an option for a further year.
On 19 March 2007, Evatt was named in the Press Association's League One "Team of the Week". In May 2007 he was part of the Blackpool team that won promotion to the Championship in the 2006–07 Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium.
After two-and-a-half months out with a medial knee ligament injury Evatt returned to action on 8 December 2007, as a 65th-minute substitute for Michael Jackson in the West Lancashire derby against Preston North End. However, he was out of action again in early 2008 when he suffered back and hamstring injuries.
He made his 100th League appearance for Blackpool on 24 January 2009, in a 2–0 victory over Birmingham City at Bloomfield Road. On 2 April 2009, Evatt signed a new two-year contract with Blackpool, with an option for a further year.
Evatt scored his second goal for the Seasiders, and his first in the League, on 15 August 2009, in Blackpool's first home game of the 2009–10 season, a 1–1 draw at Bloomfield Road against Cardiff City. His 300th career appearance was as a 36th-minute substitute in a 0–0 draw with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on 24 October. He was named in The Championship "Team of the Week" following his performance and goal in Blackpool's 4–1 home win over Scunthorpe United on 7 November.
Evatt was Blackpool's only ever-present player in their 38 Premier League matches during the 2010–11 season. This included one substitute appearance against Aston Villa at Villa Park on 10 November 2010.
Return to ChesterfieldEdit
After his release from Blackpool in June 2013, Evatt re-joined Chesterfield on a two-year contract on 30 July 2013, and was made the club's captain. He scored his first goal in his second spell for the club against Fleetwood Town in the Football League Trophy Northern Area Final on 4 February 2014.
- As of match played 23 December 2017
|Club performance||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Derby County||2000–01||Premier League||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Northampton Town (loan)||2001–02||Second Division||11||0||-||2||0||0||0||13||0|
|Derby County||2001–02||Premier League||3||0||-||-||0||0||3||0|
|Queens Park Rangers||2005–06||Championship||27||0||-||1||0||0||0||28||0|
a. 3 league play-off appearances for Blackpool in 2007 (included in 2006–07 total)
b. 3 league play-off appearances for Blackpool in 2010 (included in 2009–10 total)
c. 3 league play-off appearances for Blackpool in 2012 (included in 2011–12 total)
d. All Football League Trophy results are included in totals
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