Dave Hickson Remembered
Today marks the first anniversary of the Everton Giant's passing.
Tuesday 8 July, 2014 marks one year to the day that Everton Giant Dave Hickson passed away.
Twelve months ago, the Club went into mourning after news broke that the ‘Cannonball Kid’ had died at the age of 83 following a short illness.
Dave earned legendary status at Goodison Park for two spells with Everton as a player in the 1950s. He was the only man to have represented all three Merseyside clubs, having also had stints at Liverpool and Tranmere Rovers.
Altogether, the swashbuckling centre-forward, famed for his quiff of blonde hair, represented the Toffees 243 times, scoring 111 goals.
He remained associated with the Club after retiring, taking stadium tours and appearing in lounges on matchdays up until his passing.
As a player, Hickson's whole-hearted playing style and engaging personality made him a fans' favourite.
And he loved the Club too, as summed up by his iconic quote: “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."
Following his death, books of condolence were opened at Everton One and Everton Two, with many supporters penning emotive tributes to the Goodison great.
Dave’s life was celebrated at his funeral at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral – an occasion attended by Everton manager Roberto Martinez and the Club’s first-team squad.
Indeed, there were hundreds of guests, including former Blues Derek Temple, Graeme Sharp and Ian Snodin.
Tributes at the service came from Everton chairman Bill Kenwright who later described Hickson as his ‘all-time hero’.
He 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."