|Full name||William Ralph Dean|
|Date of birth||22 January 1907|
|Place of birth||Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK|
|Date of death||1 March 1980(aged 73)|
|Place of death||Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, UK|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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.
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- "Dixie Dean". The FA. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
- "Everton - A history - William Ralph Dean". Archived from the original on 3 December 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
- Keith, John (2003). Dixie Dean: the inside story of a football icon. Robson Books. ISBN 978-1-86105-632-0
- Walsh, Nick 1978. Dixie Dean: the official biography of a goalscoring legend. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-330-25619-3