On This Day: Dixie Nets 383rd And Final Goal

Twelve years on from opening his account for Everton in a game against Aston Villa, the legendary Dixie Dean scored his 383rd and final goal for the Blues on this day in 1937.

A March 1925 signing from Tranmere Rovers, the 18-year-old had made his debut the previous weekend away at Arsenal, a team who, coincidently, would go on to become the opponents for a number of other Dean landmarks. 

The most famous saw the much-loved striker net a hat-trick to reach his record-breaking 60th league goal of the season in a 3-3 draw with the Gunners in May 1928.

And, on 28 August 1937, 80 years ago today, it was the Londoners who conceded what would prove Dean’s final Everton effort, fittingly in front of his home supporters at Goodison Park. 


A first-half equaliser, disappointingly for Dean and the Toffees it would end up the consolation strike in a 4-1 opening-day defeat against the eventual champions. 

Dean’s appearances over the remainder of the campaign became increasingly sporadic and his final outing in an Everton shirt came on 9 March 1938 in a Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final against non-league South Liverpool.

Less than 48 hours later, he waved goodbye to his beloved Blues and signed for Notts County, having amassed his astonishing tally of 383 Everton goals in just 433 appearances. 

Dean would score three times in nine matches for the Magpies, before moving to Ireland and netting 10 goals in just seven run-outs for Sligo Rovers. 

The forward ended his professional playing days with Hurst, now Ashton United, in the Cheshire County League, managing two games and one goal before the outbreak of war ended the career of one of the greatest goalscorers in football history.

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