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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Tuesday, 4 September, 2001, 21:02 GMT 22:02 UK
Celtic mourn Bobby Evans
Bobby Evans (back row, second from left) as a Celtic player
Bobby Evans (back row, second from left) as a Celtic player
Bobby Evans, who enjoyed a long and distinguished career with both Celtic and Scotland, has died of pneumonia aged 74.

Evans, who had been suffering from Parkinson's Disease, died on Saturday at Darroch Nursing Home in Cumbernauld.

He leaves a daughter, Margaret, and son, Robert.

Evans' career spanned the 1940s and '50s, during which time he played 535 times for Celtic and collected 48 international caps.

He joined Celtic in July 1944 and made his debut in the wartime Regional League on 19 August.

Bobby Evans was very good to me when I first joined Celtic
Bertie Auld
He captained Celtic when they won the League Cup for the first time with a win over Partick Thistle in 1956.

The highlight of his career was surely the following year's 7-1 League Cup win over arch-rivals Rangers.

Another Celtic great, Bertie Auld, signed for Celtic as Evans' time at the club was nearing an end and he told Celtic's official website of his memories of the man.

"I'm shattered by the news. He was a tremendous Celtic player, and there was no badness in him.

"He was very warm-hearted and was always happy to help the younger players. He was very good to me when I first joined Celtic. No-one ever had a bad word to say about Bobby."

Celtic chief executive Ian McLeod told the website: "It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Bobby Evans.

"Bobby played for the club for 16 years, making over 500 appearances and is rightly remembered as a Celtic great.

"The thoughts of everyone at Celtic Football Club are with his daughter Margaret and son Robert at this sad time."

One minute's silence will be observed prior to kick-off in Celtic's home match with Dunfermline on Saturday in memory of Evans.

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