Dixie Dean

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Dixie Dean
Dixie Dean as a teenager in 1925
Personal information
Full name William Ralph Dean
Date of birth (1907-01-22)22 January 1907[1]
Place of birth Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK
Date of death 1 March 1980(1980-03-01) (aged 73)
Place of death Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, UK
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Position(s) Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1923–1925 Tranmere Rovers 30 (27)
1925–1937 Everton 399 (349)
1938–1939 Notts County 9 (3)
1939 Sligo Rovers 7 (10)
1940 Hurst 2 (1)
Total 447 (390)
National team
1927–1932 England 16 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Dixie Dean (William Ralph Dean, 22 January 1907 – 1 March 1980) was an English football player. He played for Everton FC during the 1920s and 30s.

He scored more goals than any other player in English football history.[2]

Dean was born in Birkenhead in Merseyside. He began his career at his hometown club Tranmere Rovers before moving on to Everton. He was particularly known for scoring goals with his head. Dean played most of his career at Everton. When injuries caught up with him, he moved on to Notts County.

Dean is best known for his exploits during the 1927–28 season. He scored a record 60 league goals that season, when the English first division was by far the strongest football league in the world. He also scored 18 goals in 16 appearances for England. There were fewer international games in those days.

A statue of Dean was unveiled outside Goodison Park in 2001. A year later, he became one of the first 22 players inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame. Dean was the first Everton player to wear the number 9 shirt, and is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Dixie Dean". The FA. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  2. "Everton - A history - William Ralph Dean". Archived from the original on 3 December 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  3. Keith, John (2003). Dixie Dean: the inside story of a football icon. Robson Books. ISBN 978-1-86105-632-0
  4. Walsh, Nick 1978. Dixie Dean: the official biography of a goalscoring legend. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-330-25619-3