Brian Bevan

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Career Stats & Summary

Served in the Second World War as a Stoker for the Royal Australian Navy.

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Brian Eyre Bevan
Born
Tuesday, 24th June, 1924
Died
Thursday, 6th June, 1991 (Aged 66 years and 346 days)
Place Of Birth
Waverley, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Australian Hall Of Fame
2005

Known Family Links

Father
Rick Bevan

Biography

While Brian Bevan played only a handful of games for Easts (ironically, failing to score a try), the spindly winger became a legend in English Club football. He mesmerised Australian touring sides with his guile and skill for almost two decades. Bevan left Easts to serve in the Navy during the war and arrived in England aboard HMAS Australia in 1946. Armed with a letter of recommendation from former Easts' Test winger Bill Shankland, sought a trial with Leeds but the club refused to sign the frail-looking winger. Snapped up by Warrington, he scored 44 tries in his first season. Bevan went on to play 18 seasons in England with Warrington (1946-62) and Blackpool Borough (1962-64), and established many long-standing records. Incredibly, he scored 834 tries during his twenty-year career (695 games and numerous Cup matches). In 1961, he returned to Australia to play for Easts in a seven-a-side tournament for Keith Holman’s testimonial. (He briefly returned to Australia in the 1960s as captain-coach of Goondawindi!). Rated as the greatest winger English club football has seen, the ‘wing wizard’ of rugby league died in England in 1991, age 66.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Other 1949-53, 1955 16 26 -   - 78 12 4 0 75.00% Match list
Australasia 1951 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
British Empire 1952 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
English League 1958 2 1 -   - 3 1 1 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1949-1958 20 29 0   0 87 15 5 0 75.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1942 ? - 1   - 2  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1946 ? - -   - -  
Overall 1942-1946 ? 0 1   0 2 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1942, 1946 ? - 1   - 2 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1942-1946 ? 0 1   0 2 ? ? ? ?  

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1942 1 - 1   - 2 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1942-1946 1 0 1   0 2 0 1 0 0.00% Match list

Your Say

Polyhistor says: Ungainly in appearance, Brian Bevan was the stuff of legends - unable to hold down a top grade position in Eastern Suburbs (no tries in 8 1st-grade games!). Yet in England, he transformed himself with metronomic efficiency into the greatest try-scoring machine in RL history in a very long career. (01/05/2012)

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