There are memorable occasions at Goodison Park which do not necessarily relate directly to football itself.
One that I call to mind is is of people saying, ‘Are you going to the big fight today?’ This was the question whenever Bolton Wanderers were playing us at Goodison Park or Burnden Park and Dave Hickson and Malcolm Barrass were on opposing sides.
They always ended up fighting or scuffling. This was part of the expected entertainment as Everton’s footballing abilities left a lot to be desired in those days. Oddly enough, I cannot recall either player being sent off. I do remember Dave Hickson being sent off another time for arguing with the referee.
I was the first person to get Dave’s autograph well before his first team baptism and I was proud of this fact. Sadly my book which contained many Everton and other player’s signatures has gone the way of the world.
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1 Posted 25/01/2017 at 23:30:16
In those days, subs were not permitted and after a short while, a huge roar of appreciation greeted Hickson's return to the field.
He made a bee line straight at Noble and dropped the big sod with a round house swing to the head. The Referee saw this clash and sent Davy off. Trudging his way of the pitch he was cheered by the crowd with an even bigger roar.
2 Posted 26/01/2017 at 02:26:33
3 Posted 26/01/2017 at 15:40:19
And in more recent times Duncan got sent off against them I think. And under Fat Sam, in his less refined days, he used to run a rugby team masquerading as a football team with a couple of licensed thugs kicking people straight from the kick off, including that nasty prick who followed him to every club he managed. Nearly finished Anichebe.
4 Posted 26/01/2017 at 15:58:04
Davey was so brave he never shirked at going for the impossible ball's even in the air and many bruisers didn't like his style because they thought by hitting him once would be enough but his bustling style kept them on edge.
Probably this was why he never was recognized by England but he was as dangerous as any centre forward around at that time.
5 Posted 26/01/2017 at 17:52:29
After one of the goals, Dave said to the referee, "You should have a fuckin white stick, ref."
6 Posted 26/01/2017 at 18:09:26
7 Posted 26/01/2017 at 20:40:04
8 Posted 26/01/2017 at 21:12:35
I was at the game and remember clearly Jack Noble catching Davie with a terrific right hander and Davie going. My memory is he got back up on his own, I don't remember him getting carried off, and I'm at a loss to remember him getting sent off in this game... might be my memory and I loved Davie so I blocked it out.
I remember Davie coming through the Reserves and some brilliant games from him, one against Man Utd Reserves on a very muddy pitch. Davie was marked by Mark Jones, who died in the Munich air disaster, Everton won 4-3 and Davie got a hat-trick, him and Jones battered each other all afternoon. In another game, an evening game, Davie scored five versus Huddersfield Town; at the end of the game the opposition goalie was a nervous wreck.
I think Davie, never made his debut until he had done his National Service, he certainly did more fighting with Everton than he did with the army. A great player with the heart of a lion, a great header of a ball and good with his feet, think of how Duncan Ferguson was up for every derby game. Davie was like that for EVERY game.
One of my favourite memories of Davie was him playing for them, near the end of another Second Division season when it was obvious they had fucked that season up, regarding promotion, Liverpool were getting beat 2-0 by Lincoln City and the Kop had turned on their own players (again), they were giving Davie loads so Davie gave them the two fingers with his left hand, so the Manager and coaches couldn't see him from the dug out.
I could go on all night about Davie Hickson, sufficient to say, there were better players who turned out for the Blues but none of them loved the club more and none put more effort in than Davie.
9 Posted 26/01/2017 at 22:08:57
The game mentioned in the OP was a goalless draw with Bolton at Goodison and it sounds as if Dave Hickson was lucky to stay on the park having floored Bolton's Borass in the area. However, Davie was only dismissed twice in his Everton career: once at Goodison in a second division fixture against Leicester City in a 2-1 reverse for the Blues, and once at Maine Road in a 6-2 defeat for the Toffees some four years later.
Incidentally it is well known that Big Dunc has been sent off the most times (8) in an Everton jersey, but who is in second place with four red cards and how many players can you name (#14) that have been sent off three times whilst wearing an Everton shirt?
One of those 14 is a trick question as he was sent off twice for Everton and once for another team who were playing Everton.
10 Posted 27/01/2017 at 07:37:05
I remember one vs Newcastle after giving Jim Isley what he had been dishing out all afternoon and Isley's baldy head getting more "Score" haircream than it would have seen in a lifetime.
Coventry, like most teams, had a yard-dog centre-half named Curtis and either Southampton or Newcastle one, McGrath and Yeats.
Didn't Mark Higgins's old man have something of a reputation at Bolton?
11 Posted 27/01/2017 at 09:10:58
In the Everton - Bolton game Davie was completely innocent, Malcolm Barrass, the Bolton centre-half was floored by one of his own players who tried to smack Davie, who was too quick for him, and the Bolton player caught Barrass where it hurts, between his legs, and he went down screaming.
Davie was ordered off in the semi final versus Bolton in1953 after Davie had been injured by Barrass, he had an head injury, the referee, Alf Bond, asked Davie the score, Davie told him we were winning, we're losing 4-1 at the time, the referee ordered him off until he had recovered for his own safety.
Davie was also sent off playing for Liverpool against Sheffield Utd at Anfield, If I remember correctly Davie and Liverpool appealed against this and he was not suspended.
Davie was rough and tough but was sinned against as much as he gave it out.
12 Posted 27/01/2017 at 10:30:27
13 Posted 27/01/2017 at 10:54:03
14 Posted 27/01/2017 at 12:09:31
15 Posted 03/02/2017 at 22:42:11
Back in the day, right dirty sods hardly got booked... it had to be for something really over and above the norm. Sandy Brown in the Battle of Goodison vs Leeds.
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