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The Rare Vintage Dixie Dean Collections

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The Dixie Dean Biography

Dixie Dean
Dixie Dean.jpg
Personal information
Full name William Ralph Dean
Date of birth 22 January 1907(1907-01-22)[1]
Place of birth Birkenhead, Merseyside, England
Date of death 1 March 1980(1980-03-01) (aged 73)
Place of death Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Centre Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)  
Tranmere Rovers
Notts County
Sligo Rovers
030 0(27)
399 (349)
009 00(3)
007 0(10)
National team
1927–1932 England 016 0(18)  
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William Ralph Dean (22 January 1907 – 1 March 1980), better known as Dixie Dean, was an English football player. Dean originally started his career with Birkenhead based Tranmere Rovers before moving on to professional team Everton, the club he had supported as a child, where he became one of the most prolific goal-scorers in English football history. Dean played the majority of his career at Everton before injuries caught up with him and he moved on to new challenges at Notts County and Ireland’s Sligo Rovers. He is best known for his exploits in 1927-28 season which saw Dean score 60 league goals – a record which stands to this day.

A statue of Dean was unveiled outside Goodison Park in May 2001. A year later Dean became one of four players inducted into the inaugural national football hall of fame.

He was the first football player to wear the “number 9” shirt in club football. Dean is regarded as one of the greatest pre-war sports heroes in British culture.[citation needed]

Early years

Dean was born at 325 Laird Street in Birkenhead, Cheshire a major town on the Wirral Peninsula. It is on the opposite side of the River Mersey to Liverpool. Dean’s family on both his mother and father’s side hailed from Chester. He was the grandson of Ralph Brett, a train driver who drove the royal train during the reign of George V. Dean grew up as a supporter of Everton thanks to the efforts of his father, William Sr who once took him during the 1914-1915 title winning season.

During his youth he had played football for Laird Street School (Birkenhead), Moreton Bible Class, Heswall and Pensby United.

Dean’s childhood coincided with the first world war and between the age of 7 and 11 he delivered cow’s milk to local families as part of the “war effort”: “Well, it was war time you see, so you were grafting all the time. I used to take milk out. I’d be up at half-past four in the morning and go down and get the ponies and the milk floats, then I’d come out to this place in Upton, between Upton and Arrowe Park, and Burgess’ Farm was there. We used to collect the milk in the big urns and take it out to people’s houses, serving it out of the ladle. And not only that, you had an allotment, and that was in school time. And there was no such thing as pinching and stealing and all that bloody caper. In those days, you were growing all that stuff and you needed it for the war time.”[2]

Dean attended Laird Street School[3] but felt he was given no formal education. He said: “My only lesson was football[…]I used to give the pens out on Friday afternoons…the ink, and the chalks. That was the only job I had in school[…]I never had any lessons.”[2]

When he turned 11, he stayed at Albert Industrial school, a borstal school in Birkenhead because his family had no room for him in the house due to having a large family and Dean was happy with the arrangement as he could play for the borstal school’s football team.[3]

He left school aged 14 and worked for Wirral Railway as an apprentice fitter, his father William Sr. also worked there. His father had been working on the railway since he was 11 years old[2] for Great Western Railway, he later became as a train driver before moving to Birkenhead to work for Wirral Railway and be closer to his future wife and William Jr.’s mother Sarah. Dean’s father William Sr. would later retire with the company.[3]

Dean took on a night-job so that he could concentrate on his first love, football: “The other two apprentice fitters, they didn’t like the night job because there were too many bloody rats around there, coming out of the Anglo-oil company and the Vacamoil company…rats as big as whippets. So I took their night job, and of course, I could always have a game of football then.”[2]

His manager at Wirral Railway’s sons were directors of New Brighton A.F.C. and they had expressed an interested in signing Dean. Dean had told the club that he was not interested in signing and would later play for local team Pensby United in Pensby. It was at Pensby United where Dean attracted attention of a Tranmere Rovers scout.[2]

 “Dixie” nickname

Dean never appreciated the Dixie nickname and preferred people to call him or “Bill” or “Billy. The popular theory regarding how Dean acquired the nickname Dixie is that he did so in his youth, perhaps due to his dark complexion and hair which bore a resemblance to people from the Southern United States.[4] In Dean’s obituary in The Times, Geoffrey Green suggested that the nickname was taken from a “Dixie” song that was in the chart during Dean’s childhood as there was “something of the Uncle Tom about his features”.[5]

Alternatively, the Tranmere Rovers historian Gilbert Upton uncovered evidence that the name ‘Dixie’ could be a corruption of his childhood nickname, Digsy – acquired from his approach to the children’s game of tag, where Dean would dig his fist into the girl’s back, hence ‘Digsy’.[6]

 Club career

Tranmere Rovers

Dean initially played for his local club Tranmere Rovers before moving to Everton. Whilst at Tranmere, he was on the receiving end of a tough challenge which resulted in him losing a testicle in a reserve[7] game against Altrincham.[8]

He scored 27 goals in 30 league appearances for Tranmere Rovers and was attracting the interest of many clubs across England including Arsenal F.C. and Newcastle United F.C..[2]


Dean had first seen Everton play aged 8 years old at Goodison Park. It was a dream come true for him when Everton secretary Thomas H. McIntosh arranged to meet him at the Woodside Hotel in 1925. Dean was so excited that he ran the 2.5 miles (4.0 km) distance from his home in the North End of Birkenhead to the riverside to meet him.[2]

He later revealed he was expecting a £300 signing fee to be given to his parents when he transferred to Everton but they received only £30. Tranmere Rovers’ Bert Cook told him “that’s all the League will allow”. Dean appealed to the John McKenna, the Football Association Chairman but was told “I’m afraid you’ve signed, and that’s it.”[2]

Dean signed for Everton for £3,000. Then a record fee received for Tranmere Rovers. The new signing made an immediate impact, scoring 32 goals in his first full season.

A motorcycling accident at Holywell in North Wales left Dean with a fractured skull and jaw in the summer 1926. Doctors were unsure of whether he would be able to play again. Fortunately he did do and in his very next game for Everton he scored using his head leading Evertonians to joke that the doctor had left the metal plate in Dean’s head.

He is still the only player in English football to have scored 60 League goals in one season (1927-28).[9]

In the same season Everton won the First Division title. Although Everton were relegated to Second Division in 1930, Dean stayed with them, and the club subsequently won the Second Division in 1931, followed by the First Division again in 1932, and the FA Cup in 1933 (in which he scored in the final itself) – a sequence of success not matched since.

In December 1933, Dean issued a public appeal to have goods stolen to him returned. The Times newspaper issued a statement reading: “Dixie Dean, the Everton and England forward appeals to the thief who robbed him of an international cap and presentation clock to return them.His house in Caldy Road, Walton, Liverpool was entered in his absence over Christmas, and the thief left behind gold watches and jewelry(sic).” [10]

By then, Dean was captain of the side. However, the harsh physical demands of the game (as it was played then) took their toll, and he was dropped from the first team in 1937.

Notts County

Dean went on to play for Notts County for one season.

 Sligo Rovers

At 32, Dean signed for Irish team Sligo Rovers in January 1939 in time to help the club with their FAI Cup campaign. On his arrival, the Railway Pub in Sligo town centre was said to be crammed with wondrous locals, clamouring to catch a glimpse of the legendary player. He scored 10 goals in seven games for the Connacht club[11] including 5 in a 7-1 win over Waterford which remains a club record for the most goals scored in a single game.

He also played four Cup matches scoring once. His goal came in the final against Shelbourne which ended in a 1-1 draw, Shelbourne taking the replay 0-1. Subsequently, Dean’s runners up medal was stolen from his hotel room. On a return trip to Ireland to watch Rovers 39 years later in the 1978 cup final a package was delivered to his hotel room with the medal inside.

Ashton United

He ended his professional playing days with Hurst F.C. in the Cheshire County League 1939-40 season, managing two games and one goal before the outbreak of war truncated his career. He made his debut is a 4-0 loss to Stalybridge Celtic and 5,600 people attended the game and Ashton United took gate receipts of £140[12]

 International career

Dean made his début for the England national football team against British rivals Wales at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham February 1927 less than a month after his 20th birthday. His final game for England came in the form of a 1-0 victory over Ireland in October 1932 at Blackpool F.C.‘s Bloomfield Road when Dean was 25 years old.

Dean was involved in the 1927 and 1929 editions of the British Home Championship. During the 1927 edition, Dean four goals in his two games for England. He scored twice against Scotland at Hampden Park. Despite the loss, the Scots won the competition overall and applauded Dean for his efforts who finished the tournament as top scorer. In the 1929 edition he scored in his only outing against Ireland at Goodison Park.

The only international competitions outside of the British Home Championship during Dean’s international career were the 1928 and 1936 Olympic Games and the inaugural FIFA World Cup which took place in 1930 but Great Britain nor England participated.

In total Dean represented England 16 times and scored 18 goals in 8 games including hat-tricks against Belgium and Luxembourg.


Dean in a 1928 newspaper advert for Wix Cigarettes

Dean in a 1928 newspaper advert for Wix Cigarettes

Dean was involved in many high-profile endorsements of products.

Personal life and post-football career

Dean became a Freemason in 1931 while still playing for Everton and England. He was initiated in Randle Holme Lodge, No. 3261 on 18 February 1931 in Birkenhead, Cheshire.[13]

After retiring, he went on to run the Dublin Packet pub in Chester, (Everton and the Dublin Packet commemorates this with memorabilia) and work at Littlewoods Football pools as a porter at their Walton Hall Avenue offices, where he was remembered by fellow workers as a quiet, unassuming man.

In January 1972 he was admitted to St. Catherine’s hospital in Birkenhead suffering from effects of influenza.[14] He was released a month later.[15]

In November 1976 he had his right leg amputated due to a blood clot. His health was waning and Dean could not leave his house as much as he would like to.


Dean died on 1 March 1980, aged 73 after suffering a heart attack at Everton’s home ground Goodison Park whilst watching a match against their closest rivals, Liverpool. It was the first time that Dean had visited Goodison Park for several years due to ill-health.

He belongs to the company of the supremely great, like Beethoven, Shakespeare and Rembrandt.

The funeral took place at St. James Church on Laird Street, the street where he was born in Birkenhead.[17]


Dixie Dean Statue, outside the Park End of Goodison Park stadium

Dean was an internationally renowned figure. Military records show that during the Second World War an Italian prisoner of war was captured by British troops in the Western Desert, and told his captors “fuck your Winston Churchill and fuck your Dixie Dean”,[18] exemplifying Dean’s international status. One of the soldiers present was Liverpool-born Patrick Connelly who later went into show business using the pseudonym “Bill Dean“.[18]

Everton arranged a testimonial for Dean in April 1964. Between 34 and 40 thousand people attended to see a Scotland XI and England XI, composed of players from Everton and Liverpool, compete.[19]

England XI Scotland XI
EnglandRankin ScotlandTommy Lawrence
EnglandGerry Byrne ScotlandBrown
EnglandRonnie Moran ScotlandThompson
EnglandHarris ScotlandGabriel
EnglandLabone ScotlandYeats
EnglandKay ScotlandStevenson
EnglandCallaghan ScotlandScott
EnglandStevens ScotlandSt. John
EnglandPickering ScotlandYoung
EnglandTemple ScotlandVernon
EnglandMorrissey ScotlandWallace

In May 2001, local sculptor Tom Murphy completed a statue of Dean which was erected outside the Park End of the stadium at a cost of £75,000 carrying the inscription, “Footballer, Gentleman, Evertonian”.[20]

In 2002 Dean became an Inaugural Inductee to the English Football Hall of Fame.[21]

There is an award named the “Dixie Dean” which is given to the Merseyside player of the year, it has been won by players of his former clubs Tranmere and Everton – and even Liverpool F.C.[22]

When asked if he thought his record of scoring 60 goals in a season would be broken, he said: “People ask me if that 60-goal record will ever be beaten. I think it will. But there’s only one man who’ll do it. That’s the fellow that walks on the water. I think he’s about the only one.”

In total, Dean scored 383 goals for Everton, in 433 appearances, an exceptional strike-rate, including 37 hat-tricks. Modern scoring rates are lower, so both that record, and the record of 60 League goals in a season, are unlikely to be broken.[citation needed] He was also known as a very sporting player, never booked or sent off throughout his entire career despite suffering rough treatment and provocation from opponents.[23] Only Arthur Rowley has scored more English league career goals, although it should be noted that while Rowley made 619 appearances, scoring 433 goals (0.70 goals per game), Dean scored 379 goals in 438 games (0.87 goals per game), and Dean spent only a single season in the Second Division while Rowley spent several seasons in the third and fourth divisions.



 Sligo Rovers


  • England Caps: 16
  • England Goals: 18
  • Football League Representative Appearances: 6
  • Football League Representative Goals: 9
  • ‘Sunday Pictorial Trophy’ for 60 League Goals in 1927-28
  • Lewis’s Medal to commemorate 200 league goals in 199 appearances
  • Hall of Fame Trophy (1971)
  • Football Writers’ Association inscribed silver salver (1976)
  • Inaugural inductee in The National Football Museum Hall of Fame (2002)

 Career statistics

Club Division Season League FA Cup Club Total   International   Total Games
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals   Apps Goals   Apps Goals
Notts County Third 1938-39 6 3 6 3     6 3
Third 1937-38 3 0 3 0     3 0
    Total 9 3 9 3     9 3
Everton First 1937-38 5 1 5 1     5 1
First 1936-37 36 24 4 3 40 27     40 27
First 1935-36 29 17 29 17     29 17
First 1934-35 38 26 5 1 43 27     43 27
First 1933-34 12 9 12 9     12 9
First 1932-33 39 24 6 5 45 29   1 0   46 29
First 1931-32 38 45 1 1 39 46   1 1   40 47
Second 1930-31 37 39 5 9 42 48   1 0   43 48
First 1929-30 25 23 2 2 27 25     27 25
First 1928-29 29 26 1 0 30 26   3 1   33 27
First 1927-28 39 60 2 3 41 63   5 4   46 67
First 1926-27 27 21 4 3 31 24   5 12   36 36
First 1925-26 38 32 2 1 40 33     40 33
First 1924-25 7 2 7 2     7 2
    Total 399 349 32 28 431 377   16 18   447 395
Tranmere Third 1924-25 27 27 3 0 30 27     30 27
Third 1923-24 3 0 3 0     3 0
    Total 30 27 3 0 33 27     33 27
Career Totals     438 379 35 28 473 407   16 18   489 425

International goals

Goal Number Date Scored Stadium Final score Opponent Minute goal scored Source
1 12 February 1927 Racecourse Ground 3-3  Wales Goal 10′ [24]
2 12 February 1927 Racecourse Ground 3-3  Wales Goal 58′ [24]
3 2 April 1927 Hampden Park 2-1  Scotland Goal 88′ [25]
4 2 April 1927 Hampden Park 2-1  Scotland Goal 85′ [25]
5 11 May 1927 Molenbeek 9-1  Belgium Goal 70′ [26]
6 11 May 1927 Molenbeek 9-1  Belgium Goal 47′ [26]
7 11 May 1927 Molenbeek 9-1  Belgium Goal 36′ [26]
8 21 May 1927 Stade de la Frontière 5-2  Luxembourg Goal 18′ [27]
9 21 May 1927 Stade de la Frontière 5-2  Luxembourg Goal 65′ [27]
10 21 May 1927 Stade de la Frontière 5-2  Luxembourg Goal 72′ [27]
11 26 May 1927 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir 6-0  France Goal 24′ [28]
12 26 May 1927 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir 6-0  France Goal 75′ [28]
13 17 May 1928 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir 5-1  France Goal 27′ [29]
14 17 May 1928 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir 5-1  France Goal 64′ [29]
15 19 May 1928 Olympisch Stadion 3-1  Belgium Goal 64′ [30]
16 19 May 1928 Olympisch Stadion 3-1  Belgium Goal 35′ [30]
17 22 October 1928 Goodison Park 2-1  Ireland Goal 77′ [31]
18 9 December 1931 Arsenal Stadium 7-1  Spain Goal 60′ [32]


  • Keith, John (2003). Dixie Dean: The Inside Story of a Football Icon. Robson Books. ISBN 978-1861056320
  • Upton, Gilbert (1992). Dixie Dean of Tranmere Rovers 1923-1925. Gilbert Upton. ISBN 978-0951864814
  • Winner, David (2005). Those Feet: A Sensual History of English Football. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-0747579144


the end @ Copyright Dr Iwan Suwandy 2011


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