On Monday morning, Everton’s official Twitter account paid tribute to club legend Dave Hickson, who would have turned 88 on October 30.
The former striker, who passed away in July 2013 at the age of 83, represented Everton on two separate occasions.
The first of those spells came between 1948 and 1955 – scoring 63 league goals in 139 appearances – before netting another 32 times for the Merseyside outfit between 1957 and 1959 after spells with Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town.
In the tribute, Everton provided a quote from Hickson, who claimed that he would have been ‘prepared to die’ for the Merseyside outfit.
That prompted a response from the club’s supporters, who want to see a similar attitude from the current crop of players following the team’s struggles in the early stages of the 2017-18 campaign.
Indeed, Everton are currently in the Premier League relegation zone after 10 matches of the season, and it would be fair to say that they lack a figure in the mould of Hickson.
A selection of the best Twitter reaction can be found below:
— Everton (@Everton) October 30, 2017
Shame the curren crop don’t live by that
— §am (@SC__23) October 30, 2017
— Nick Willo (@nickwillo4efc) October 30, 2017
Still got the pic framed ,top man 💙
— wayne (@waynem87) October 30, 2017
That man was a credit to this football club, one of the nicest men I ever met
— Everton1878 (@EvertonEFC1878) October 30, 2017
Could do with some of that attitude now.
— ナイジエル™ (@taylor_nigel) October 30, 2017
Show this to current group of players
— Subramanian Ganesan (@SubramanianGan2) October 30, 2017
Where are today's Dave Hicksons, I wonder? Who in the current team bleeds blue?
— John Connor (@bootleian) October 30, 2017
@Everton legend 💙
— nilsatisnisioptimum (@jennifer1878) October 30, 2017
They do not make them like that any more…
— Alan Joseph Ball (@1place2souls) October 30, 2017