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Everton FC and Liverpool FC legend Dave Hickson passes away

by Richard Buxton. Published Mon 08 Jul 2013 18:56, last updated: 08/07/13

Everton and Liverpool legend Dave Hickson has passed away, aged 83.

Hickson was the only man to hold the distinction of playing for all three Merseyside clubs, with a two-year spell at neighbouring Tranmere Rovers prior to his retirement in 1964.

He scored 111 goals in 243 games during a combined nine-year spell at Everton, having originally signed in 1948 while he amassed 38 goals in 67 outings at Anfield, after crossing Stanley Park to join the Reds in 1959, after joining the Blues for a second time.

Dubbed the 'Cannonball Kid', Hickson enjoyed stints at Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town and Bury but his love affair with Everton was well documented by the famous quote, "I would have broken every other bone in my body for any other club. I would have died for this club."

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright regularly described Hickson as his boyhood idol and tonight paid tribute to the ex-player, who remained a familiar face around Goodison Park even in retirement, notably showing supporters around the stadium in his capacity as a tour guide.

He said: "I have had many idols in my life but only one true hero.

"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."

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"Childhood hero, even if he did spend time in a red shirt. I still remember his goal for Tranmere in the snow v Chelsea in Jan 1963" turquelblue, Portugal around 2 years ago

"Dave was one of the Greats. 100 % effort in every game. Sadly missed. ... from a Reds fan ..." Len Percy, Liverpool around 2 years ago

"Xmas 63 or 64 .My brother and I both got footballs that Dave had signed bt the Tranmere team.i'll never forget his two tone Vauxhall Cresta!" nokando, Derbyshire around 2 years ago

"R.I.P., my Dad always told us about him, he was his favourite player, and my Dad was a diehard red." Johnny, Dublin around 2 years ago

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