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NOLAN ( PEGGY ) EVANS
Photo: DEREK EVANS
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Item #: 5305
MY GRANDAD
NOLAN EVANS KNOWN AS PEGGY.
WENT TO BRYN ST PETERS SCHOOL
PLAYED FOR BRYN CENTRAL FOOTBALL TEAM
THEN ST HELENS RECS
WENT ON TO EXETER CITY AROUND 1909
WENT TO CLAPTON ORIENT ( LEYTON ORIENT )ABOUT 1911.
THE WHOLE TEAM JOINED THE ARMY ON MASS IN 1914
WE HAVE A 10 SECOND FILM OF THEM LEAVING THE PITCH AND THEN MARCHING IN THE UNIFORM TO GO TO WAR.
WENT TO THE SOMME CAME HOME WOUNDED AND WENT BACK TO LIVE IN BRYN.
DIED 1949

Comment by: Keith Guest on 2nd March 2008 at 13:08

Very interesting I love stuff like that. I wish more people would put so much information on their pictures it brings them to life. Thanks.

Comment by: RON on 2nd March 2008 at 15:38

Here is his Football Record.
Position Left Back. Bryn Central. St.Helens Recreation. Exeter City. Clapton Orient 1912-1914. 111 Apperances. 1 Goal.

Comment by: derek evans on 2nd March 2008 at 23:42

hi where did you get the info from.
my dad who still lives in abram says when he scored the goal it was very foggy and he shot from a long way out and no one saw it go in.

Comment by: RON on 4th March 2008 at 09:23

I got the info. from a book I have, giving details of everyone who played League Football from the start of the Football League up to the Second World War

Comment by: derek on 4th March 2008 at 13:59

thanks for that
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Comment by: Terry Varty on 26th February 2009 at 13:41

I'm married to one of Nolan's grand daughters. I have traced Nolan's family back to the early 1800's and have scans of a number of pictures from his playing career at Exeter and Clapton. I've also traced the route of his 1916 "Tour of France" with the Footballers Battalion. I'm now trying to trace details of his playing career (newspaper reports)in the local sides before he turned professional.

One major mystery remains - why was he nicknamed Peggy. I have a document from Clapton Orient in 1926, still referring to him as "Peggy".

Comment by: derek on 26th February 2009 at 19:43

I have asked my father why he was called Peggy.
He said he dosnt know but everyone called him Peggy.

Comment by: Valerie Hilton (nee Evans) on 27th January 2014 at 20:53

Nolan was my dad's brother. My dad's name was Walter Evans and he was about 20 years younger than Nolan. I would be very interested to know more about the family history.

Comment by: Stephen Jenkins on 10th June 2014 at 21:57

I have spent fifteen years researching the story of Clapton Orient's major contribution to the Footballers' Battalion in the Great War. My book 'They TookThe Lead' includes how Nolan spent considerable time hidden in a thickett in Delville Wood hiding from german soldiers who were prodding the bushes with their rifles complete with fixed bayonettes. I have arranged the forth O's Somme trip which is booked for 27-29 June, when over 200 Leyton Orient supporters and friends of the O's will visit the Somme battlefield.www.theytookthelead.com - I am in touch with Margaret Bradshaw.

Comment by: Stephen Jenkins on 10th June 2014 at 21:58

I have spent fifteen years researching the story of Clapton Orient's major contribution to the Footballers' Battalion in the Great War. My book 'They TookThe Lead' includes how Nolan spent considerable time hidden in a thickett in Delville Wood hiding from german soldiers who were prodding the bushes with their rifles complete with fixed bayonettes. I have arranged the forth O's Somme trip which is booked for 27-29 June, when over 200 Leyton Orient supporters and friends of the O's will visit the Somme battlefield.www.theytookthelead.com - I am in touch with Margaret Bradshaw.

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