Fifty years on, Mike Evans’ lucky jumper is still going strong…and it still fits him!
Back in 1971, at the age of 22, Carmarthen Quins wing Mike headed up to Murrayfield to cheer Wales on against Scotland.
He was decked out for the occasion in a white and red jumper knitted for him especially by his sister.
It was to have a very public airing as he ran on to the field to congratulate Barry John on his try – a moment captured for posterity in the match highlights.
Then, at the end of the game, he was on the field once more, carrying John Taylor on his shoulders following the flanker’s match-winning conversion.
So to mark the 50th anniversary of that memorable 19-18 victory, Mike donned the jumper once more to watch Saturday’s Scotland-Wales match on TV.
It did the trick, with the men in red once again triumphing by a point.
“My sister knitted me the jumper to go up in 1971,” explains the 72-year-old.
“That was the first time I had worn it.
“We put the highlights on the other day and you could see as plain as day it was me running on when Barry scored.
“There is no mistaking me with that jumper on!
“I was tapping Barry on the back, congratulating him, and the referee came along and said: ‘Get away from him, can’t you see he is injured.’
“So anyway, I got up and the next thing, there was this huge bloody copper running towards me.
“So I did a bit of a sidestep, passed him and ran back into my seat.”
Then came the thrilling finale with John Taylor converting Gerald Davies’ late try and Mike chairing the openside off the field.
“I carried him on my right shoulder,” he recalls.
“I was a bit naughty and tried to get his boot off, but I couldn’t.
“I was reading the interview with John in the Western Mail on the weekend and it was great to remember that game again.
“It’s amazing to think it’s 50 years. It’s just flown, hasn’t it?”
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Fast forward half a century to the same fixture and it was time to put the distinctive jumper on once more.
“It’s been in the airing cupboard for about 30 years, but I knew it was there. I knew I had kept it,” said ardent fan Mike.
“I put it on a couple of weeks ago to show my niece and her kids because my sister had knitted it.
“I can still get into it after 50 years and not many people can say that!
“It’s great that it’s still my lucky jumper. What a fantastic win it was for Wales.”