Dixie's New Home

by Adam Clark

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 For many of you, arriving at Goodison Park today will mean a stroll past the statue of Everton's greatest ever goalscorer, Dixie Dean.

But when you arrive for the Premier League encounter with Blackpool, you may need to change your route if you want to see him.

Dixie, who would have turned 104 last month, was this week relocated to a new position near to the front doors of the Park End reception.

The statue immortalising the two-time League Championship winner, a scorer of 383 goals in just 433 appearances for the Toffees, is to be switched to its temporary home to allow building work on the Club's £9million state-of-the-art retail and administration development to continue.

The development, which is set to open later this year, will house a 900 square metre retail store, museum, cafe, a fan-focused hospitality lounge and office space.

Once building is complete, Dixie's statue, first unveiled in May 2001, will be relocated to a new permanent home on a podium at the rear of the new development.

"Dixie Dean is very much a part of Everton folklore and we know his statue is considered something of a shrine and an important part of the fabric of Goodison Park by supporters,” said Chief Executive Robert Elstone.

“We briefly flirted with the idea of putting the statue into storage but the stadium’s landscape would be flawed without his presence.

“We have therefore elected to move Dixie to a temporary new position where we hope fans will continue to gather and pay their respects not only to the legend himself, but all those ex-players and avid Evertonians who are sadly no longer with us.”


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