Stevie was a member of the Walter Galbraith side of the early sixties, when my love affair with Hibs first began.
Wonderful memories of standing high up on the old East and watching Eric gallop doon the slope terrifying full backs on the way.
He was one of my first hero's. I loved to see him coming down that slope towards us in the old shed skimming defences. He never got the full recognition he deserved for national team inclusion more often. RIP Eric. Thanks for the memories.
"Eric was hugely underrated. He could wrong-foot defenders in his sleep. If he was playing now he'd get at least 50 Scotland caps"
And from Pat Stanton's The Quiet Man:
"Joe Davis was a stylish left back who developed into a penalty ace. He scored 43 goals for Hibs, some record for a full back, but he owed a lot of them to Eric Stevenson. Eric was a very fine winger who would regularly cut into the box whereas too many wingers tend to just hug the touchline."
I'm upset at this. He played in the first Hibs match I went to in 1964.
He had a distinctive style - not a speed merchant but with great dribbling skills and, of course, the ability to suddenly drag it past a defender and win a penalty, usually dispatched by Jim Scott or Joe Davis.
That's another part of my youth gone. Was he really only ten years older than me?
I spoke to Eric regularly when he had his shop in Poltonhall, he would never let you out the shop without talking hibs.
A real diehard,a real legend.
I moved into my house in Bonnyrigg 30 years ago with the help of family including my dad. Walked down to the local shop to get some stuff to feed the helpers and walked in to see Eric behind the counter. It was quite some time before I returned to the house having talked Hibs with Eric for a while. When I got in, my dad asked where the **** I'd been he was starving. "Talking to Eric Stevenson, he owns the shop...." No more complaints from dad, just questions on what we had spoken about.