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Vancouver Whitecaps' leagends.Vancouver Whitecaps' leagends.Ivor Evans, Fiji's most revered footballer was among hordes of former Vancouver Whitecaps greats honoured during the clubs 30 year reunion yesterday.

 

The 'Fijian Flesh' who dazzled the North America football fraternity with his deft defying skills was a star attraction during the Caps/ 86s Alumni game ahead of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids MLS fixture at BC Place Stadium.

 

A rare first, Evans, who had always been a marquee midfielder in his illustrious 12 year hiatus, co- coached the 86ers' alumni team against the Caps.

"Quite honestly I was not aware of the reunion", he said. "And so I couldn't be part of the scrummage".

"I guess after that many years, the VWC lost all my contacts", he quipped.

Evans said it was nice of his former coach Allen Errington to look him up on Facebook to send an invite to be part of the 30 year reunion.

"I was harassed by Allen to come for the reunion, he made contacts with Caps head honchos and tadadda I was among my former colleagues.

"I would’ve rather been on the pitch with my former colleague but hey, I’m not complaining. To be elevated to coaching in a heartbeat tells you about the need and the respect, something that is a farfetched with the local Fijian community”.

'I was over the moon with all the fanfare and honour bestowed”, said Evans.

The 86er Alumni lost to Whitecaps 5-4. 

Evans was a part of the history making Vancouver 86ers of the Canadian Soccer League (CSL) winning four straight CSL Championships (1988–1991) and five consecutive CSL regular-season first-place finishes (1988–92).

Vancouver played in the CSL from its inception in 1987 until the league folded in 1992, and then moved over to the APSL in 1993 which was later absorbed into the USL hierarchy of leagues in 1997 becoming the A-League, later renamed the USL-1.

In 1988–1989, the team, coached by Bob Lenarduzzi, set a North American professional sports record by playing 46 consecutive games without a loss.
The record began after the June 1988 match the 86ers lost 3–1 away to the North York Rockets.

Vancouver then won 37 matches and tied nine others before falling 2–1 away to the Edmonton Brickmen in August 1989.

Evans said it was nice to catch up with the many former named stars of the yesteryear's under a party atmosphere.

'It was some gesture on the part of the Vancouver Whitecaps organization. It certainly brought back the memories and the stories to go with it that with my children, who were just kids during my playing days. I'm glad my daughter Katie Evans was with me to share the joy".

Vancouver Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi said the 86ers would have made any MLS teams as they were a unique bunch.

Allen Errington called Evans a legend and a rare breed.

Evans and the 1989 Vancouver 86ers soccer team were inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame.


 

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