Evans Walks Into Hall Of Fame

Sep 14, 2017 by

While last night’s Brisbane Strikers Presentation Evening for Season 2017 at Shangri-La Gardens was primarily about the club’s players, there was also time to celebrate those whose contribution happens off the field.

First up, evergreen football manager Bob McLaren was a popular choice for the Jack Baren Award – which is annually presented to particularly meritorious volunteers – and typically he used the stage to issue a tongue-in-cheek challenge to the club’s senior team to win a grand final next year!

Then, towards the end of proceedings, the club also used the occasion to announce a fourth inductee to its Brisbane Strikers Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was introduced in May of this year at the Gala Event held to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the club’s 1997 NSL Grand Final win. Dr Clem Jones, Mr Geoff Wright and the 1997 squad were announced as the first three inductees.

Last night, Brisbane Strikers Director Ray Evans became the fourth.

Before announcing Mr Evans’ induction, CEO Bruce Dinsdale reminded the audience of the importance within the club’s recognition framework of the Brisbane Strikers Hall of Fame.

“The Hall of Fame was established to celebrate and highlight the achievements of players, coaches, managers, administrators, sponsors and other club members who have become significant figures in the history of this club, recognising both on-field and off-field achievements,” Dinsdale said.

“To be eligible for induction a candidate needs to have contributed something significant and beyond the expectations of the positions held and to have advanced the cause of our club. Those who play, coach, work for or support the club owe each of them a vote of thanks”.

Ray Evans undeniably fits the criteria, having been with the club since day one and fulfilled any number of roles – sometimes simultaneously.

“From the early days of the club, to arranging and selling tickets at Ballymore, sponsoring the club, being its General Manager, sitting on the various boards and committees so necessary to keep the club moving – he has undoubtedly contributed much time and effort”.

Dinsdale could also have added “at varying times saving the club from extinction at the hands of pernicious takeover bids or jaundiced administrators, bankrolling its match day program during the NSL years, working through the night ensuring the hundreds of administrative tasks necessary to keep a football club ticking over got done” – because Ray Evans has done them all and, without him, the club might have ceased to exist.

But instead, Dinsdale finished on a lighter note that captured the humble approach of the Strikers’ fourth Hall of Fame inductee.

“Even to this day you will see Ray doing the unheralded jobs around the club;” he said.

“Cleaning the club upstairs with his myriad of sweepers and vacuums, cleaning and restocking all the toilets regularly – and the most critical of jobs – making sure that Largie (technical director David Large), ‘Gus (club captain and Junior Development Coach Michael Angus) and I get coffee every morning and lunch every day”.

Ray Evans – we at the Brisbane Strikers, including all of its present generation of young Queensland footballers who have benefitted from the football infrastructure you have helped create, salute you!

Whatever we become in the future, we shall in some way be indebted.

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