Everton mourn hero Hickson

Tributes have been paid to Dave Hickson, the only man to play for all three Merseyside clubs – Everton, Liverpool and Tranmere Rovers – after he passed away on Monday at the age of 83, Sky Sports has reported.

Hickson had two spells as an Everton player and also appeared for Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town, Cambridge City and Bury, retiring in the early 1960s. Speaking of his approach to playing and what Everton meant to him, Hickson, known as the Cannonball Kid, once said: “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.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said in a statement on the club’s official website: “Dave Hickson made me an Evertonian. More than anyone, or anything, he was responsible week in, week out for me making the journey by bus and tram to Goodison Park. As a somewhat timid seven-year-old he gave me the courage to dare.

“In the eyes of my generation of Blues, Dave was a colossus. In my seven-year-old eyes he was simply the greatest centre-forward on the planet. In my 67th year on that planet I am still of that opinion. Thank-you ‘Cannonball Kid’ for the inspiration.

Everton captain Phil Jagielka added: “Dave was always a friendly face at Goodison Park and he loved watching the team. There are many people who knew him better than me but he would come into the dressing room after games to take our Man of the Match into the lounges and he loved being amongst the lads.

He was clearly an immensely popular person with everyone at Goodison and the supporters idolised him. He was a legend and always will be. On behalf of all the players at Everton I’d like to send our sympathy to the family. It’s a desperately sad time for all of us here at the club but even more so for his family.

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