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Dave Hickson Funeral

July 8, 2013 by phil divider image

It is with great sadness that the Everton Former Players’ Foundation report the passing of Dave Hickson

Dave was aged 83

His funeral will take place at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on Thursday 25th July at 2:00 pm all are welcome to attend.

Dave joined Everton as a youngster and played 243 games for Everton scoring 111 goals in two spells at the club 1951/52-1955/56 & 1957/58-1959/60

He made his first debut for Everton came in the Second Division in the 2-1 Away win against Leeds United on 1st September 1951 and he went onto make 33 appearances and score 14 goals in that debut season. His first goal coming a few days later in a 3-3 Home draw against Rotherham United.

He was part of the Everton team that secured promotion back to the First Division in 1954

Dave was quoted as saying ‘I would break every bone in my body for any club I played for but I would die for Everton

Dave was one of Everton’s all time legendary No. 9s and stalwart of E.F.P.F. and will be sadly missed by us all at Everton Former Players’ Foundation and Everton Football Club.

Our thoughts and condolences go to his brother Peter, Step daughter Wendy and his family and friends

A JustGiving page in Memory of Dave has been set up by Everton Former Players’ Foundation after consultation with his family. All Donations will go to the work of the Foundation. If you would like to donate please click: IN MEMORY OF DAVE HICKSON

To see Dave’s career stats please click here: DAVE HICKSON STATS

Chairman of the Everton Former Players’ Foundation Laurence Lee: “I was devastated to hear this tragic news. Dave Hickson epitomised the fighting spirit of Everton F.C. I am too young to have ever seen him give his all for the Blues but I will always remember his undying love for the Club as an unrivalled Ambassador.
He conducted the Club Tours as enthusiastically as if he were showing you around his own home – which indeed Goodison Park was. He is irreplaceable and will be missed by Evertonians Worldwide.”

Fellow teammate and Everton Legend Derek Temple said this about Dave: “I was Dave’s inside forward and he was a very very Good Footballer. I got a few goals as his partner as he would take the knocks for me to score the goals. He’ll be sadly missed.”

Tony McNamara who made his Everton debut in the same game as Dave: “He was a real tear away type player but off it he was a real gentleman. He didn’t worry about getting injured he just gave his all for the cause and was great teammate and great friend. A great loss to Everton.”

Team mate John Sutherland paid him this tribute: “Dave was a very very good player always got stuck in and was a trier who never gave up. Everton always meant so much to him.”

Kenny Birch another teammate said this: “He was a gentle giant he could play football with the best of them and he could play the rough stuff if it needed to be played. He will be greatly missed.”

Jimmy Harris who took over from Dave when he first left the club: “He was the Centre Forward I took over from and when he came back I moved to the wing. We struck up a good playing relationship. He was a head down very strong very direct sort of player.”

Mick Meagan who was a young teammate in Dave’s second spell at the club: “When I got into the team after arriving from Ireland Dave was one of the older players. All the younger players loved him everyday was just fun fun fun with Dave around. As a player he was one of the old fashioned Centre Forwards like Dixie Dean or Nat Lofthouse. He could lay off the ball very well and he was a great header of the Ball and he always enjoyed playing Head Tennis in training. That Big Blond head always seemed to end up with gash on it and blood pouring out. Loved him he was a great player.”

A fellow legendary No.9 Joe Royle made this tribute: “He was my first Everton idol I stood in the Paddock and marvelled at his bravery and his tricky and skill. For all his Passion and such Aggression on the field when you met him off it he was a true true gentleman. He will be a great loss to all Evertonians and will be sadly missed by us all”

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