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Thanks Rob - what a fascinating piece. Ian's family must be extremely proud of what he achieved, particularly as a young man and it demonstrates how cruel fate can be on occasions. The other thing that strikes me is how athletic looking Ian was when pictured in 2003, well into his sixties. Very sorry to hear that he passed away at a relatively young age but also very pleased to have learned about the life and career of Ian Hillsdon.
Another fascinating piece, Rob - keep 'em coming! Whether it's a major figure from the club's history, lost in the mists of time, or a relative unknown from yesteryear it's always a great read & a real insight into both the club & society of a different era.
Very enjoyable read, Rob. Sounds as though, he could have made the break through at Everton, only for breaking his leg. All about luck, this life, but it seems to me that he still had a happy life, and that's more important than anything.
Great read, as always Rob.
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A fitting tribute to a former blue, I started watching Everton around the time Ian began his career at Goodison. Sadly no longer with us, at least he made a journey back to see the changes at the old ground.
Interesting to read about Australians (which no doubt Ian would consider himself to be after living here for 47 years) with an Everton playing record. I met Mike Trebilcock (who had also immigrated here) in Sydney in 1975, and Mike Lyons lives in Perth having moved to Oz in the mid-1990s to coach the (long defunct) Canberra team in the National Soccer (now "Football") League.
Mike has not really been a success coaching-wise over here; last time I noticed he was coaching a second division team in the local Perth league. Lovely fella to talk with tho. Told me his hero as a child was Jimmy Gabriel, and he spoke very highly of Bob Latchford's ability, but somewhat disparagingly of Joe Harper's.
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