Column: Brace yourself for the next Ched Evans chapter

Ched Evans (left) arrives at the Court of Appeal
Ched Evans (left) arrives at the Court of Appeal
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Are we all ready for the Ched Evans story again? We’d better be.

On Thursday we find out whether the Court of Appeal is to uphold the ex-Sheffield United striker’s 2012 conviction for rape or overturn it or order a re-trial.

The Criminal Cases Review Commission referred his case on the basis of new information not raised at his trial – and 70 per cent of cases referred back by the CCRC are successful.

The odds are on his side and in two days time 27-year-old Evans will know where he stands.

But where do the rest of us stand?

He will want to play professional football again if the judges find in his favour.

Sheffield United are under no obligation to take him back, they cancelled his contract years ago.

But could fans put the issue behind them if it is proven that he shouldn’t have been convicted in the first place?

Evans may have a different status by the end of Thursday, he may even be in line for compensation for being locked up for two years.

Sheffield United fans had made their feelings known -150,000 people signed an online petition demanding the club do not re-sign him.

But that was after he had served time as a guilty man.

Will they feel the same way if he is cleared by the Appeal Court?

n From the moral maze of the legal world to the retirement of a thoroughly decent chap.

“I’m calling it a day,” said six-times world snooker champion and TV pundit Steve Davis on Sunday.

Thus ending one of snooker’s greatest-ever careers. One watched all the way by his father Bill.

Well, almost all the way.

“My father wasn’t very well but he was still alive when I entered this year’s World Championships,” reflected 58 year old Davis for the BBC.

“Then he passed away so I played the match against Fergal O’Brien. That was the only match I ever played without him.”

Six-times World Champion Steve Davis went on to tell how he broke the retirement news to his manager.

“I phoned up Barry Hearn and told him it was on my mind to enter the world championship and make that the last. I said: ‘Barry, I think it’s time to retire from professional snooker.’ And he said: ‘Steve, you retired 10 years ago we just didn’t have the heart to tell you.’”

A class end to a class act.