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DAVE HICKSON: 1929-2013

9 July 2013

Former Town player passes away after short illness

Huddersfield Town is saddened to hear of the passing of former player Dave Hickson.

Dave played two seasons in the colours of Huddersfield Town and passed away on 8 July 2013 after a short illness, aged 83. 

Best known as an Everton legend, Dave also made a huge impression during his relatively short spell at Huddersfield Town – netting 31 goals in 60 appearances during the 1955/56 and 1956/57 seasons. 

Born in Salford in 1929, Dave was signed from Aston Villa for £16,500 in 1955 by the Town Manager Andy Beattie to partner the legendary Jimmy Glazzard in attack. Sadly, with the ageing Jimmy missing most of the season through injury, Town finished 21st in the top flight and were relegated – despite Dave’s nine goals.

Bill Shankly replaced Beattie as Town Manager for the 1956/57 campaign and Dave, now partnering Ron Simpson in attack, had a great season – finishing as leading scorer with 22 goals from 33 League and Cup appearances. 

After just two seasons he departed Leeds Road and re-joined Everton for £6,500. 

Dave's funeral will take place at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral at 2pm on Thursday 25 July. 

Sadly the Club doesn’t have any individual pictures of Dave in its archive from his spell at Town; if you have one you could donate, please email

For Everton’s tribute to Dave, click HERE.

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