1927/28 Season

Warney Cresswell was the captain, Ted Critchley dominated one wing and Alec Troup, just signed from Sunderland, the other - but this title year was focused around one man. 

William Ralph 'Dixie' Dean will never be forgotten by Everton fans - or the great game of football itself.

He was without doubt one of the greatest strikers the game has ever seen and truly the greatest Evertonian to grace the field of play.

He led Everton to two league titles and their first Wembley FA Cup triumph but it was in the 1927/28 season that he went furthest towards achieving greatness.

Scoring 60 goals in 39 games Dean created a league record that has never been challenged; finding the net in each of Everton's first nine matches, five coming in a 5-2 crushing of Manchester United.

A hat-trick against Liverpool in a 3-3 draw brought his tally well into the 40s but then Everton went through a goal-scoring drought and he remained stuck on 43 goals with nine games remaining in the season.

Dean though, would not give up.

Braces came against Derby, Blackburn, Sheffield United and Aston Villa, and four against Burnley meant he was on target once more to break George Camsell's record.

After nursing an injury in the week leading up to the final game Dean was declared fit but he faced a tough challenge.

Everton were hosting the great Herbert Chapman and his Arsenal side with Charles Buchan playing his last game in defence.

Where other men would have succumbed to the pressure, Dean excelled, scoring a header and a penalty to equal the record and with only minutes remaining Dean headed home a Troup cross for a famous goal.

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