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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Tony Hibbert

Name in native country: Anthony James Hibbert
Date of birth: 20.02.1981
Place of birth: Liverpool
Height: 1,73
Nationality: England
Position: Defence - Fullback, right
Foot: right
Nickname: Hibbo
Team Supported As Youngster: Everton
Chant: Tony, Tony Tony... 
Fact: Never scored for the first team in a competitive match!

Hibbert was born in Huyton, Merseyside and grew up supporting Everton.

Did You Know? Before joining Everton Hibbert was pursued by Liverpool as a youngster and was eventually persuaded to go and have a look at their youth setup.

Liverpool used to train at a local sports hall while Everton's Academy trained at the clubs first team training ground Bellefield, this and the fact Hibbert was brought up a big Evertonian helped make his mind up that Everton were the best choice for him!

Hibbert joined the club as a boy. Aged 18, he was a member of the Everton youth team that won the FA Youth Cup in 1998 beating Blackburn Rovers 5–2 on aggregate.

Three years later, he made his first team début for the club in a 2–0 win against West Ham United aged 21. A high challenge from Stuart Pearce into Hibbert's chest saw Everton earn a penalty. In the 2002–03 season, Hibbert was a regular member of the Everton first-team. The ACTIM index rated him the best English right back in the 2004–05 season.

He missed the end of the 2005–06 season with a hernia problem and his preparations for the 2006–07 season were hampered after he was infected by cryptosporidium parasite. Hibbert's 2006–07 season was seriously disrupted by injury. He again played regularly in the 2007–08 and in the 2008–09 seasons. He was the victim of a high-profile burglary in 2006.

As of the 2010–11 season, Hibbert was Everton's current longest-serving player, the only player who has been at the club throughout the entire reign of current manager David Moyes, and has appeared in more competitive European games than any other Everton player.

In addition, he has never scored in his professional career, and in December 2009, when Lloyd Doyley scored for Watford, Hibbert became the current player with the longest run of games without scoring. Alongside his commitment to the club, the goal drought has contributed to his cult hero status among Everton fans, to the extent that a banner reading "If Hibbert scores, we riot" was displayed at the 2009 FA Cup semifinal.

During Pre-Season 2012 Everton had a testimonial match for Hibbert at Goodison Park against AEK Athens.

Hibbert admitted that should the Blues get a penalty kick in that match then he will take it and hopefully get his first goal for Everton! Everton did however get a free-kick and Hibbert quite rightly stepped up and scored on what was a fairytale night for the scouser.

The Evertonian's then did exactly what they said they would if he ever scored and they invaded the pitch which I think secretly made Hibbert's night!

During most of 2013 Hibbert has been plagued by a series of injuries which has resulted in him losing his first team place to impressive Irish fullback Seamus Coleman.

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