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Evans: I’ve Made Pompey My Home

Midfielder gearing up for 200th Blues appearance

18 October 2019

Gareth Evans
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

He came down to the south coast for a six-week trial period more than four years ago.

But Gareth Evans could make his 200th appearance for Pompey in Saturday’s League One game at AFC Wimbledon.

Linvoy Primus and Matt Taylor are the only other two players to have achieved that feat in the 21st century.

And his previous 199 outings have certainly provided Evans with plenty of fond memories to look back on.

The midfielder said: “It will be a proud moment. I’ve had a fantastic time here and it would be a big milestone in my career.

“I’ve found a bit of a home at Pompey and as soon as I signed here, I knew it was where I wanted to play my football.

"I’ve got a good connection with the fans and want to stay here for as long as I can."

Gareth Evans

“There have been great moments here, such as scoring on my debut, winning promotion and the title, and playing at Wembley in front of 85,000 people.

“The club has changed a lot in my time – Paul Cook was in charge when I joined and there was fan ownership.

“Looking at the changing room, it’s pretty unrecognisable, but I enjoy it as much now as I did back on day one.

“I live locally and don’t miss anything about being back home. I’ve got a good connection with the fans and want to stay here for as long as I can.”

Pompey have dropped just two points from their past three league matches, while their next opponents are starting to turn the corner after failing to win any of the opening 11 games.

Evans said: “It would be nice to start the game on Saturday, but that’s up to the manager and if I don’t, then hopefully I can still play a part.

“They had a poor start to the season, but have picked up and scored some goals – it will be a good test for us.”

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