Wanderers mourn the passing of a “true stalwart”
The Wanderers family extend their heartfelt condolences to Rae and the family of Blair Evans who sadly passed away on Saturday.
Blair was an ever present at the Wanderers for as long as most of us can remember. A Youth team coach who, in his unique style, inspired many Youth team players not only in the Wanderers but in the wider Cardiff & District Youth rugby as well. In the 1970s He created a legacy of Youth rugby that lingers to this day with all those that played under him thankful for the guidance he gave. There will be many who played Youth rugby at the time who still shudder at his immortal words “go and get the logs” which preceded most Youth training sessions. Many still have the scars from carrying those logs around the training paddock and most have quietly cheered when they mysteriously disappeared from the ground some years later!
Having moved on from Youth Rugby Blair went on to be Chairman of the club and remains our longest serving chairman, finally handing over the reins in 2009. He presided over many turbulent times in the club’s history but was always there with a guiding hand and everyone that met him will have a fond memory of Blair. He was equally at home on the farm as he was sitting with Malaysian Royalty on our tour there on 2000 although he was most happy in his wellies at the club rather than his blazer and tie.
In 2009 he was given an award from the Welsh Rugby union for his services to Welsh Rugby which was much deserved.
There have been many Wanderers to whom the words “a true Wanderer” applies and “if you cut him open he would bleed Blue, Black and White” but Blair will certainly be regarded as the legend and stalwart amongst all those that have been part of the Wanderers family.
He will be sadly missed by us all.