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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 August 2005, 11:29 GMT 12:29 UK
English matador retires from ring
Frank Evans waves to the crowd following his final bull fight

A British matador has performed his final bullfight in Spain after deciding to retire following a knee injury.

Frank Evans, 63, was carried from the ring by his fans at the Benalmadena ring, on the Costa del Sol, on Sunday.

The only English bullfighter performing in Spain, where he is known as El Ingles, was advised to hang up his cape before he has knee surgery this winter.

He originally learnt his trade using a supermarket trolley - fitted with a pair of horns - in his native Salford.

Mr Evans, one of the few Britons to have performed in Spain, killed his first bull in 1966 and has also performed in Mexico, Venezuela and France.

He said he decided to become a matador after reading a book by another English matador, Vincent Hitchcock.

The crowd were very kind to me on my last fight - it was very emotional
Frank Evans

But he is undergoing knee replacement surgery during the winter and has been advised to retire by his surgeon.

"I retired on Sunday - the orthopaedic surgeon told me it was 90% unlikely that I would go back to bullfighting after surgery," Mr Evans said.

"The crowd were very kind to me on my last fight - it was very emotional."

Being English had helped his career in Spain - where he is regarded as an oddity, he added.

"I have been given more fights than Spanish bullfighters of my standard because I am English.

"It is difficult to make a living out of bullfighting unless you are in the top 10, but I have enjoyed my career."

He plans to continue his business interests in property, construction and importing tobacco.

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