On This Day: 22/01
William Ralph Ã¢â‚¬ËœDixie' Dean was born in Birkenhead ON THIS DAY in 1907.
Arguably the greatest goalscorer ever to grace the English game, undeniably the greatest Everton player of all-time, Dean signed from Tranmere Rovers for Â£3,000 in 1925, before scoring 32 League goals in his first full season as an Evertonian.
His scoring feats are legendary but the pinnacle of his career came in the 1927/28 season when he scored the unsurpassable total of 60 League goals in only 39 games.
A measure of his indomitable spirit was his recovery from a bad motorcycle accident in 1926. In June that year he fractured his skull and jaw in the crash, yet on October 23 he returned to score at Leeds and help Everton to only their second win of the season.
He signed for Notts County in 1938 before moving on to Sligo Rovers.
During his Everton career he made 431 appearances and scored 377 goals winning the League and FA Cup.
When he was demobbed after the war, Dean took over a pub in Chester called the Dublin Packet. Here he quite literally hung up his boots, together with his many trophies, and stayed for 15 years.
It was somewhat fitting that Dean died at Goodison Park minutes after the final whistle of a Liverpool and Everton derby match in March 1980.
Dixie scores two
On his 29th birthday in 1936, Dixie netted twice as Everton drew 3-3 with Bolton in front of 14,562 supporters at Goodison.