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Jody Bevan

Jody Bevan
Jody Bevan




21 October 1978

City Career  
Transfer Details: Returned to City from Cinderford Town in January 2006 as one of Tim Harris' first signings.
City Debut: v Bath City (h) SLPD, 21st January '06, Lost 2-0.
City Stats

2005/6: 16(1) Apps, 3 Goals
2006/7: 14(3) Apps, 5 Goals
2007/8: 6(4) Apps, 1 Goal
Totals: 36(8) Apps, 9 Goals

Career Club History: Gloucester City, Cinderford Town, Trowbridge Town, Cinderford Town, Weston-super-Mare Town, Cirencester Town, Cinderford Town, Gloucester City, Almondsbury Town (9-4 loan 07/8)
Honours: SL Western Division Runners-Up 2002/03

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Jody is a proven goalscorer whose strike rate and record speak for themselves at this level having scored goals where ever he's played, even when playing for fairly weak Cinderford and Trowbridge sides. Bevan has now returned back to his first club, having started out in the City youth team before moving on elsewhere to get first team football. Bevan is a strong and combative forward who is not afraid to get stuck in and fight for the ball. He's a tough competitor and awkward opponent for any defender, winning more than his fair share of knock-downs and is adept at holding onto the ball long enough to bring others into the game. Whilst his main skill is as a six-yard box player getting across defenders to find the net, he is also a very versatile player who has experience playing in midfield and even at full-back when required. Whilst Bevan may not be the most graceful of strikers his effort and willingness to work and take knocks for the cause made him popular at City even in spells when he's found goals hard to come by.
Bevan in action vs Maidenhead

Bevan's arrival seemed to give City a bit of physical presence up front much missed since the departure of Andy Hoskins. Seemed to take a while to settle back at Meadow Park and despite some impressive shows of commitment didn't entirely convince until hitting a rich vein of form in September 2006. Was one of few players to leave our Eastleigh FA Cup exit with his reputation enhanced after a gutsy performance that deserved a better result. His touch really seemed to be improving with goals also beginning to flow, including an impressively determined winner at home against Chippenham. Unfortunately his golden streak was cut cruelly short with a bad injury to mark his 28th birthday, carried off at Tiverton with a cruciate knee ligament injury and bone fracture which requires surgery and seems set to keep him out until summer 2007.

Jody is a Gloucester born player and it seems a complete mystery as to why it has taken so long for him to find himself finally in the City first team. He was a prolific goal poacher in schoolboy and local football, a happy knack he kept going when he joined City's youth team having played junior football for Walsall. When the time came to graduate to adult football he found Leroy Rosenior's expensively assembled first team a daunting prospect and moved to made his reputation at Cinderford instead. After that he never seemed available or affordable when an earlier move to Meadow Park could have happened, and there were rumours that former City boss Chris Burns and Bevan did not get on. Bevan instead added to his reputation with succesful spells at Weston, where he helped them to win promotion, and then at Cirencester. It was somewhat surprising that Bevan ended up back at Cinderford in the summer of 2005 but Tim Harris persuaded Bevan to finally return to his home club soon after he took over the managerial reigns in January 2006.

Jody Bevan

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