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Tuesday 23 September K.O. 19:45

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Dave Hickson's Funeral

Everton legend remembered with emotional service.

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Everton legend Dave Hickson left Goodison Park for the final time on Thursday as hundreds of Evertonians turned out to pay their respects.
 
Hickson, who was 83, passed away earlier this month following a short illness.
 
A funeral service for the striker, who scored 111 goals in 243 appearances for the Club, was held at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.
 
Prior to the 2pm start, fans lined the streets as his funeral cortege passed along Gwladys Street and Goodison Road.
 
Tributes at the service came from Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and former teammate Derek Temple, as well as friend John Kearney, family members and Reverend Harry Ross.
 
A recreated radio report of Hickson's finest hour - the 1953 FA Cup fifth round victory over Manchester United - was also broadcast, while hymns included Abide With Me.

Roberto Martinez and the entire first team squad were also in attendance.
 
Speaking after the service, Mr Kenwright described Hickson as his 'all-time hero' and said: "Kids of my age in Liverpool at that time after the war needed a hero. I was very frightened, very nervous and I discovered Dave Hickson. It was him who got me to take the trams and the buses to Goodison and it was him who somehow made my life safer as he walked out on to the pitch.
 
"I think it [the turnout] showed what he meant to this football club. This was a man who hasn't played football for 50 years, a man from a time when you didn't have cameras or websites, when the only way you knew Dave Hickson was from the back of the Liverpool Echo.
 
"But this is a man who as much as any footballer who has ever played for this football club, including Dixie Dean, the Golden Vision [Alex Young] and Dunc [Duncan Ferguson], has achieved God-like status."
 
Hear more tributes from Derek Temple, Graeme Sharp and Ian Snodin in the video above.

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