Everton legend Dave Hickson has passed away at the age of 83.

Dave’s love for the Blues began 65 years ago when he first signed for us in 1948, though his first league appearance for us wasn’t until September 1951 following 3 years of National Service. It was during National Service playing for the Cheshire Army Cadets team that he was coached by the great Dixie Dean himself, and he would go on to score 111 goals in all competitions across two separate spells at Everton.

Dismissed by the referee on a number of occasions and often finishing matches bruised and scarred, his commitment and physical approach quickly made him a fans’ favourite. He went on to play for both Liverpool and Tranmere, making him the only man to play professionally for all three Merseyside clubs.

 

“I’ve been to a few clubs, great clubs, Aston Villa, Huddersfield, Liverpool. But Everton… there’s something magic about it. I’m just an Evertonian that’s all.”

After his playing days were over, Dave returned to Everton where he gave tours of Goodison Park and attended many events on behalf of the club. It was here that he really captured the hearts of the younger generations of Blues who didn’t get the chance to see him play. A true gentleman who always had time to share a conversation. It’s remarkable just how many Evertonians can share a story or a photograph they have with him.

Dave understood what it meant to be an Evertonian, he was one of us. He will perhaps be remembered most of all for the following quote:

“I would have died for Everton. I would have broken every other bone in my body for any other club I played for but I would have died for this club.”

Dave Hickson
‘The Cannonball Kid’
30th October 1929 – 8th July 2013

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