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Tony Hibbert: Cult legend and finally, goalscorer

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After scoring in his Everton testimonial earlier this week, a little tribute to one of the Premier League's stalwarts.

At the start of the last 2 seasons I have had a bet with my old man about a certain Everton stalwart, Tony Hibbert. Each year I have said that if the cult legend scores for The Toffees that I will shave all my hair off.

Well I am glad I haven’t made that same bet this season because it looks like the lad has a nifty set piece in him. After 308 appearances for Everton FC since his debut against West Ham on the 31st March 2001 he finally bagged a goal with a well worked free-kick on the edge of the box against AEK Athens at Goodison Park during his well deserved testimonial.

Hibbert had a good season last year after struggling with injuries and illnesses over the last few years there is no doubt the man will go down as a club legend. Hibbert is just one of those players that leaves nothing on the pitch and you know that each time he crosses that white line he is ready to give it his absolute utmost for the cause.

The common fan saying at Everton of ‘’If Hibbert scores, we riot’’ was actually delivered after a friendly pitch invasion ensued after his strike against the Greek side he broke Everton’s European appearance record against in 2009 and next season he will be hoping to help his beloved team back into European competition ahead of the likes of Newcastle, Spurs and cross-town rivals Liverpool.

On the night it was a wonderful showpiece for him to score but took attention away from Steven Naismith’s hat-trick as he looks forward to a first season in the Premier League, Evertonian’s will be hoping for more of the same from him next season.

As for my bet, I won’t be making it this year, I happen to like my hair and after seeing this goal and a miscued cross graze the bar last season against Manchester United its getting a little too close for comfort in my ‘Hibbert will never score a competitive goal’ stakes; cutting my losses and running are the terms that come to mind.

But a fitting tribute to the man who never scores to score a genuinely decent goal, not one of those half-hearted penalties you usually see, in a night dedicated to the cult hero that is Tony Hibbert.

And here is the moment...

images: © Ben Sutherland, © isirya

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