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Eric Stevenson (Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Ayr United)


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Eric Stevenson died Thursday 18th May 2017, aged 74, after a battle with cancer.

Football is an entertainment industry and few, if any, players provided the Hibernian supporters with more entertainment in the 1960s than Eric.

Initially, Ericís career began at Heart of Midlothian, before joining his boyhood heroes in 1960 and going on to enjoy 11 memorable years playing in green and white.

The legendary winger was equally capable on either flank, with his close ball control consistently allowing him to get the better of the opposing full back, but he also had an eye for goal, scoring an impressive 79 times and creating many more in his 390 games for the club.

Undoubtedly though, Eric reserved some of his best performances for those against Hearts. In September 1965 a whirlwind start saw Hibernian go 4-0 up after only nine minutes, with Eric and Jimmy OíRourke scoring a brace apiece. From there, the winger showcased his immense ability, with a dazzling array of flicks and tricks as he continued to torment the Hearts defence throughout.

1965 proved to be an entertaining year for Hibernian and Eric, with the winger playing his part in Hibernianís record 11-1 league victory over Hamilton Academical, scoring a hat-trick in the phenomenal win.

It was not just domestically where Ericís talent shone, but also in continental competition as he faced teams such as Hamburg, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade and Valencia, whilst his performance against A.S. Roma saw him linked with a move to Italian side Lazio when he was just a teenager. The exciting winger also scored in Hibernianís 3-0 win over Porto at Easter Road, scoring further goals against Belenenses and Olimpija Ljlubljana.

After leaving Hibernian to join Ayr United, Eric showed his love for the club by attending the 1972 League Cup Final against Celtic, despite Ayr United having a game that same day. Upon being told by his manager Ally McLeod that he was to be fined two weeks wages, he responded: ďIt was worth it and I would be happy to pay four weeks wages as I wouldnít have missed that game for anything.Ē

Retiring in 1973 to focus on his business in his hometown of Bonnyrigg, Eric continued to attend matches at Easter Road and was deservedly inducted into Hibernianís Hall of Fame in 2012.


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