Roy Evans is a Liverpool legend. The midfielder made only 9 senior appearances in 9 years between 1965 and 1974 with the Reds but manager Bill Shankly suggested Evans turn his focus to management. Evans took that advice and ran with it working as a coach under managers Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Kenny Dalglish, and Graeme Souness before taking the helm himself from 1994 to 1998.
The Liverpool Football Club Atlanta Supporter’s Group invited Evans to headline a weekend of activities that culminated with the match between England’s two most decorated clubs, Liverpool and Manchester United, at Anfield.
“Roy Evans is the definition of class,” World Soccer Shop’s Page Martin, who headed up the event, said. “There was never a dull moment during the night, he was cheerful, eloquent, and funny. He appreciates every single one of his fans and cares deeply about Liverpool Football Club in a way that any person who calls them self a Red can appreciate.”
The festivities started at Meehan’s Pub, the pub where the LFC ATL Supporters Group watch every game, on Saturday. 150 Liverpool fans attended the event and had a chance to bid on official Liverpool gear, purchase LFC ATL gear, and of course meet Evans.After the cocktail hour, LFC ATL heads Ben Butler and Stuart Brennan hosted an informal talk show format interview with Evans. Roy was very funny and cheerful with tons of energy. He drew many laughs.
Roy answered questions that ranged from what his favorite color (blue), to how he met him wife (at a pub). But also, spoke in depth from when he was a player to when he was a coach, and took us through the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s of LFC history.
And Evans was all in. At the end of the event, he announced the silent auction winners and ran the raffle calling out the winning raffle numbers staying on stage to take a quick photo with the winners. And as Meehan’s was clearing out, Evans was still signing autographs, taking pictures, and telling stories with the remaining fans.
Game day arrived and Evans was back ready to help cheer on his Reds. The atmosphere was electric as LFC ATL fans were singing and chanting. And Meehan’s provided an authentic feel as if at Anfield. The local Manchester United ATL fans showed up as part of a friendly rivalry where depending on where the game is played, the away fans will travel to the away bar.
During half time, the shaving of the heads started, which was to raise awareness and money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation for children’s cancer. Roy, being the class guy he is, helped shaved some of the LFC Fans heads.
After the game was over Roy stuck around and got on the loud speaker and gave his thoughts on the game.
Despite the result, the weekend was a huge success for the LFC ATL Supporters Group.