Dixie's Five-Star Show

by Rob Urbani
@Everton

Today’s trip down memory lane takes us all the way back to 14 November 1931 - and for good reason!

Following Steven Naismith’s hat-trick against Chelsea on Saturday, we are re-visiting the last time an Evertonian hit a treble against the West Londoners.

Unsurprisingly, that feat was accomplished by legendary frontman Dixie Dean who struck five times in a stunning 7-2 victory at Goodison Park during the 1931/32 campaign.

But even by his standards, the striker’s achievements that day were quite extraordinary.

Dean bagged his first on five minutes, completed his treble after a quarter of an hour and had netted his fifth with just 32 minutes on the clock!

With a little over a third of the game played, Everton were cruising at 5-0.

The visitors pulled a goal back through George Mills before half-time but the Toffees pressed ahead in the second half with further strikes from inside-forward Tommy Johnson and winger Jimmy Stein.

Chelsea’s Alex Jackson scored the game’s ninth and final goal - but the afternoon was all about Dean.

In finding the net five times, he took his tally to 15 in just six games and he would add another four against Leicester City two weeks later.

Everton, of course, went on to become champions for the fourth time in the Club’s history that year.

Dean, meanwhile, would finish the campaign with a total of 46 goals from his 39 appearances.

During his Everton career, spanning from 1925 to 1937, Dean scored a staggering 37 hat-tricks for the Blues.

He also hit five goals in a match on two other occasions; against Manchester United in October 1927 and Sheffield Wednesday in October 1931.

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