Graeme Sharp says matchdays at Everton will not be the same without Dave Hickson.
Former Blues striker Hickson sadly passed away on Monday evening and Sharp – who also wore the Club’s famous number nine shirt - has been recalling his favourite memories of the Merseyside legend.
Hickson’s playing days with Everton came to an end in 1959 but he was still a regular at Goodison Park right up until the end of last season, conducting stadium tours and welcoming guests on a Saturday afternoon.
“It was really sad news,” Sharp said. “I got to know Dave the last 10 to 15 years through working at Everton Football Club. Dave was always there on a matchday to greet you in the main reception, so it will be a big loss. Matchdays won’t be the same.
“Over the last few years we have lost some very good people and Dave Hickson comes under that umbrella. He was a smashing man, he loved Everton Football Club and he will be a sad loss.
“You couldn’t keep him away. He was always there at Goodison – come rain or shine – to greet you with a smile.
“I know that Jags has spoken quite fondly of him as well, about how he was always in the dressing room after the game notifying the man of the match and bringing them upstairs.
“Even though he was getting older, he wasn’t losing any of his enthusiasm. That will be a big miss to everyone at Goodison Park and mostly to the supporters.”
Sharp insists that Hickson will also be a loss to the wider footballing world, not just to those on Merseyside.
As well as Everton, Liverpool and Tranmere, Hickson also represented Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town, Bury and Cambridge City.
“Obviously you get all the stories from ex-players about what Dave was all about,” said Sharp. “It’s not just Everton Football Club as well – he played for Liverpool, Tranmere and a host of other clubs. Wherever he went to, he was a very popular figure.
“As a footballer, you hear how brave he was and how he would run through brick walls.
“It’s sad news but he leaves very fond memories for everybody.”