William Ralph Dean
(1907-1980)

Died aged c. 73

William Ralph "Dixie" Dean (22 January 1907 – 1 March 1980) was an English footballer who played as a centre forward. Born in Birkenhead, he began his career at his hometown club Tranmere Rovers before moving on to Everton, the club he had supported as a child. He was particularly known for scoring goals with his head. 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. He is best known for his exploits during the 1927–28 season, which saw him score a record 60 league goals. 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 22 players inducted into the inaugural English Football Hall of Fame. Dean was the first Everton player to wear the number-9 shirt, which in later years would become iconic at the club.

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footballer of Everton Football Club 1925-37

Commemorated on 4 plaques

William Ralph Dean. Dixie Dean the legendary Everton centre forward was the most lethal header of the ball in the history of the game. In his first full season with Everton in 1925-26 he scored 32 goals in 38 games. The pinnacle of his career was in the 1927-28 season when he scored an unpassable total of 60 league goals in 39 games.

Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they was

"Dixie" Dean 1907-1980. All in all Dixie scored 377 goals for Everton in 431 appearances. Dixie also won 16 caps for England. It was fitting that Dixie passed away at his beloved Goodison Park in March 1980 minutes after the final whistle of an Everton vs Liverpool derby match.

Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they died (1980)

Birkenhead born William Ralph 'Dixie' Dean 1907-1980. Played for Tranmere Rovers 1923-1925 before moving to Everton. His 60 goals in the 1927-28 season remains an all time record. In 2002 'Dixie' was inducted into the inaugural English Football Hall of Fame.

Prenton Park, Birkenhead, United Kingdom where they played (1923-1925)

William Ralph 'Dixie' Dean football legend 1907-1980 lived at 313 Laird Street and attended Laird Street Primary School formerly on this site 1912-1921

Co-Op Portland Academy, Laird Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they attended school