Glasgow born outside right Sam Evans began his football career with Clydebank Juniors from where he was signed by Scottish First Division club St Mirren in June 1923. After scoring twice in 44 appearances for The Buddies he joined Clydebank in May 1925 after their promotion to the First Division, and he scored 7 goals in 37 appearances for The Bankies before being signed by Second Division club Reading in the 1927 close season, making his Football League debut against Chelsea that August. Having lost his place in October he returned to The Royals’ first eleven for 3 matches in April 1928 and a pair of matches the following autumn before joining Irish League club Ballymena later in 1928 after 13 appearances, spending the rest of 1928-29 with The Sky Blues.
He returned to Football League action in the 1929 close season when he signed for newly elected Third Division (North) club York City, playing in their inaugural League fixture, a 2-0 win at Wigan Borough that August. A regular during The Minstermen’s first two League seasons, Evans scored 14 goals in 75 appearances before a move to Midland League club Scarborough in the summer of 1931. After a season at The Athletic Ground, Evans joined Third Division (North) club Darlington in the 1932 close season and made a pair of appearances in The Quakers’ first team that autumn. Darlington proved his final known club before his retirement from the professional game.