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Former Hibs winger Eric Stevenson dies after cancer battle

The lifelong Hibee made almost 400 appearances for the Easter Road side.

Eric Stevenson: Former winger has died at the age of 74.
Eric Stevenson: Former winger has died at the age of 74. SNS

Former Hibs winger Eric Stevenson has died age 74 after a battle with cancer, the club has said.

A lifelong fan of the Easter Road club, he began his career at city rivals Hearts before signing for his boyhood heroes in 1960.

He spent 11 years at the club, scoring 79 times and creating many more opportunities during 390 games.

Stevenson was inducted into the Hibernian hall of fame in 2012.

A tribute on the club's website said: "Eric reserved some of his best performances for those against Hearts.

"One Edinburgh Derby sticks out as such, where a whirlwind start saw Hibernian go 4-0 up after only nine minutes, with Eric and Jimmy O'Rourke 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."

He joined Ayr United after leaving Hibs but showed his love for the Edinburgh side by attending the 1972 League Cup final against Celtic despite Ayr having a game the same day.

After being told that he would be fined two weeks' wages, he responded: "It was worth it and I would be happy to pay four weeks' wages as I wouldn't have missed that game for anything."

The Hibs tribute added: "The club extends our deepest condolences to Eric's family and friends at this time. "His memory marches on."

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