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Tony HibbertEdit

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Anthony James "Tony" Hibbert (born 20 February 1981) is an English footballer who currently plays for Everton in the Premier League. Originally a midfielder, Hibbert now plays at right back. He has spent his entire career with Everton, having joined the club in 1991. He made his senior début for Everton in 2001, and has since made over three hundred appearances for the club in all competitions.

Hibbert was born in Merseyside and brought up in Huyton. Growing up as an Everton supporter, Hibbert joined the club as a boy.[2] He was a member of the Everton youth team that won the FA Youth Cup in 1998 beating Blackburn Rovers 5–3 on aggregate.[3] Three years later, he made his first team début for the club in a Premier League match against West Ham United on 31 March 2001,[3] in which a high challenge from Stuart Pearce into Hibbert's chest saw Everton earn a penalty.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

As of the 2010–11 season, Hibbert was Everton's current longest-serving player,[4] the only player who has been at the club throughout the entire reign of current manager David Moyes,[2] and has appeared in more competitive European games than any other Everton player.[8] In addition, he has never scored in a competitive game during 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.[9] 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 semi-final.[10]

Hibbert was awarded a testimonial match for Everton following 10 years of service. The match was played on 8 August 2012 against Greek side AEK Athens, the team against whom Hibbert made his eighteenth appearance in all European competitions for Everton, equalling a club record.[11] Hibbert scored Everton's fourth goal in a 4–1 win prompting a pitch invasion.

International careerEdit

Hibbert had been called up to the England under-21's in October 2002 for games against Slovakia under-21's and Macedonia under-21's but he did not play in any game due to a hamstring injury.

Club League Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Everton Premier League 2000–01 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2001–02 10 0 1 0 1 0 12 0
2002–03 24 0 0 0 1 0 25 0
2003–04 25 0 3 0 3 0 31 0
2004–05 36 0 1 0 3 0 40 0
2005–06 29 0 4 0 1 0 4 0 38 0
2006–07 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2007–08 24 0 1 0 2 0 8 0 35 0
2008–09 17 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 24 0
2009–10 20 0 1 0 2 0 7 0 30 0
2010–11 20 0 1 0 1 0 22 0
2011–12 32 0 2 0 2 0 36 0
2012–13 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 258 0 20 0 16 0 20 0 314 0

HonoursEdit

Everton

1998
2009