Dave Hickson, for me, just was Everton. Although I never saw him play, the man oozed Everton from every pore and summed up the club moto like very few other people can and, although he never gave any reason, he was one of the few former players who I was nervous when I was with him.
He had, of course, played for both other clubs on Merseyside – being loved by supporters of Tranmere and Liverpool almost as much as the Goodison faithful – but it was Everton that he returned to once his playing career was over.
Hickson ran the stadium tours for years before ill health stopped him, but that didn’t stop him getting around Evertonians at every opportunity. Get him started talking about Everton and you were settled for the night, and it’s this that made me look forward to this new book from James Corbett so much.
The book was written with Hickson in the final months of his life and it captures his vigour and love of life perfectly. From being scouted by the legendary Dixie Dean to playing infront of 70,000 spectators and playing for Bill Shankly, the stories captivate the imagination. Those who knew him best also contribute, including former team mates, friends, and those who played against him, to tell the story of a man who gave so much hope to Evertonians in the 1950’s.
A swashbuckling cavalier, Hickson played like a battering ram, running through opposition defences with the verve of a Boy’s Own hero, and with his trademark blonde quiff, he looked the part too. He never lost that quiff, although the colour might have faded slightly!
The book includes many photos and artefacts from Dave’s own personal collection too, including a poem written about him by an unknown author which he had kept in a memory box.
It is a must-read for any football fan on Merseyside and beyond, as it tells the story of a man who symbolised much of what we all love about football. Buy it now!
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