Dixie Dean (William Ralph Dean, 22 January 1907 – 1 March 1980) was an English football player. He played for Everton FC during the 1920s and 30s. He scored more goals than any other player in English football history. Worldwide, only Pele scored more competitive goals than Dean.
Dixie Dean as a teenager in 1925
|Full name||William Ralph Dean|
|Date of birth||22 January 1907|
|Place of birth||Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK|
|Date of death||1 March 1980(aged 73)|
|Place of death||Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, UK|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Birkenhead, he began his career at his hometown club Tranmere Rovers before moving on to Everton. He was particularly known for scoring goals with his head. Dean played most of his career at Everton. When injuries caught up with him, he moved on to Notts County. He is best known for his exploits during the 1927–28 season. He scored a record 60 league goals that season, and the English first division then was the strongest football league in the world. He also scored 18 goals in 16 appearances for England.
A statue of Dean was unveiled outside Goodison Park in May 2001. A year later, he became one of the first 22 players inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame. Dean was the first Everton player to wear the number 9 shirt, and is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time from Britain.