A true gentleman who played
with intensity during his career and
was respected by those who met
him for his humility off the field. Dave
was still playing the game well into
Dave Hickson-Everton, Liverpool and Tranmere
Dave Hickson 1929-2013
Dave Hickson represented all three Merseyside clubs - the Reds, Everton
and Tranmere - during the course of his career.
It was with the Blues where Hickson began his professional career,
scoring 71 goals in 151 games between 1951 and 1955.
Spells at Aston Villa and Huddersfield followed before he returned to
Goodison Park in 1957. However, Hickson opted to make the move
across Stanley Park in November 1959.
Nicknamed the 'Cannonball Kid', he fired 38 goals in 67 games for
Liverpool during his two-year spell at the club, including a brace on his
debut in a 2-1 Anfield win against Aston Villa.
He left the Reds in 1961 to join Cambridge before later representing Bury
I was fortunate to have seen Dave playing when I watched him as a child
at Tranmere Rovers. Later in life we played on the Rikki Brown Showbizz
team together where he was a valued member of our team.
I was deeply moved to hear his voice when I interviewed him from OCI
radio in Spain. Dave was a gentleman off the field and a warrior for
whichever team he played. My great friend John Kearney read the eulogy
for Dave at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. This was a most fitting
tribute as John had been Dave's best man at his wedding.
RIP Dave Hickson 1929-2013