Former Everton striker Dave Hickson has died at the age of 83 after a short illness.
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Hickson, nicknamed The Cannonball Kid, had two stints at Goodison Park, the first between 1948 and 1955, and the second from 1957 to 1959.
He was the only man to feature for all three of Merseyside's leading clubs, having also turned out for Liverpool and Tranmere later in his career.
Hickson, though, always insisted that his heart was at Goodison Park, once declaring that he would have broken every bone in his body for any other club, but would have died for Everton.
He was the childhood hero of Everton chairman Bill Kenwright, who told the club's official website: "I have had many idols in my life but only one true hero. Dave Hickson made me an Evertonian.
"More than anyone, or anything, he was responsible week in, week out for me making the journey by bus and tram to Goodison Park. As a somewhat timid seven-year-old, he gave me the courage to dare.
"In the eyes of my generation of Blues, Dave was a colossus. In my seven-year-old eyes he was simply the greatest centre-forward on the planet. In my 67th year on that planet I am still of that opinion.
"Thank you Cannonball Kid for the inspiration."
The Salford-born forward was discovered while playing for non-league club Ellesmere Port, but his early career was interrupted when he was called up for National Service.
He made his debut in 1951 and became a Goodison crowd favourite, both for his bravery and his ability to score vital goals.
Hickson also played for Aston Villa, Huddersfield and Bury, and later returned to Everton to give guided tours of Goodison Park to fans, in addition to acting as a corporate host on matchdays.
Everton captain Phil Jagielka added: "Dave was always a friendly face at Goodison Park and he loved watching the team.
"He was clearly an immensely popular person with everyone at Goodison and the supporters idolised him. He was a legend and always will be."