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Footballer, Gentleman, Evertonian


William Ralph "Dixie" Dean, the gentleman of English Football. Born in 1907 he moved to Everton in 1925 and went on to be the most prolific goal scorer in england. His exploits at Everton are stuff of legend, he scored a total of 383 goals  in 433 appearances, with 60 being scored in a single season.

After he retired from football  he went on to run the Dublin Packet pub in Chester, 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.

Dixie died from heart failure in 1980 at Goodison Park, whilst watching a match against their closest rivals, Liverpool Liverpool won the match 2-1. In 2001, a statue of Dean was erected outside the Park End of the stadium carrying the inscription, "Footballer, Gentleman, Evertonian."


"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 fella that walks on the water. I think he's about the only one."
Dixie Dean

The Goodison Giant - A Kopite's Tribute

"A long time ago when I was a lad,
Folk spoke of a genius Everton had,
The greatest goalscorer the world's ever seen,
Who went by the name William Ralph Dean.
This man was so lethal with the flick of his head,
He'd leave goalies flat out as if they were dead,
This working class hero was humble and poor,
He never bragged of the goals that he scored,
No flashy clothes, and no trendy car,
He'd drink with the Gwladys Street fans in the bar,
He never cared much for money or fame,
He just loved the Blues and the footballing game,
Though I was too young to have seen Dixie play,
His feats are remembered and talked of today,
I grew up an urchin down old Scotty Road,
No shoes on my feet, and a small, snotty nose,
We kicked cans on the cobbles each kid with one dream,
One day we'd be legend's, just like Dixie Dean."

From a Liverpool Supporter


Footballer, Gentleman, Evertonian


William Ralph "Dixie" Dean, the gentleman of English Football. Born in 1907 he moved to Everton in 1925 and went on to be the most prolific goal scorer in england. His exploits at Everton are stuff of legend, he scored a total of 383 goals  in 433 appearances, with 60 being scored in a single season.

After he retired from football  he went on to run the Dublin Packet pub in Chester, 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.

Dixie died from heart failure in 1980 at Goodison Park, whilst watching a match against their closest rivals, Liverpool Liverpool won the match 2-1. In 2001, a statue of Dean was erected outside the Park End of the stadium carrying the inscription, "Footballer, Gentleman, Evertonian."


"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 fella that walks on the water. I think he's about the only one."
Dixie Dean

The Goodison Giant - A Kopite's Tribute

"A long time ago when I was a lad,
Folk spoke of a genius Everton had,
The greatest goalscorer the world's ever seen,
Who went by the name William Ralph Dean.
This man was so lethal with the flick of his head,
He'd leave goalies flat out as if they were dead,
This working class hero was humble and poor,
He never bragged of the goals that he scored,
No flashy clothes, and no trendy car,
He'd drink with the Gwladys Street fans in the bar,
He never cared much for money or fame,
He just loved the Blues and the footballing game,
Though I was too young to have seen Dixie play,
His feats are remembered and talked of today,
I grew up an urchin down old Scotty Road,
No shoes on my feet, and a small, snotty nose,
We kicked cans on the cobbles each kid with one dream,
One day we'd be legend's, just like Dixie Dean."

From a Liverpool Supporter


comments (7)

  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 9 Feb 2008, 10:20
Nicely captured Les, like this perspective.
Les Auld: Thanks Aussie, the statues is actually around the other side of the ground.
  • Tracy
  • Hulme
  • 9 Feb 2008, 13:06
Love this shot les. Information is very interesting too.smile
Les Auld: Thanks Tracy, one of he great gentlemen of the game.
Great idea to link the excellent photo with the poem. Gives the presentation real meaning Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, it was a different life way back then for the star players.
So much better than yesterday's shot Les - well I would say that being an Evertonian!
Les Auld: We can't all be perfect Berniesmile I don't really lean one way or the other. Thanks for the comment.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 9 Feb 2008, 18:09
Don't we love our athletic heroes, Les! This one looks like the kind who SHOULD be a legend. He'd be proud of your tribute, I'm sure.
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, Dixie appears to have been a very un-assuming man, I do wonder how he would cope with todays high paid players though.
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich..has been warm and sunny!!
  • 9 Feb 2008, 19:46
Nice tribute to one of the giants of the game. The poem is particularly touching being from a Liverpool fan. Great stuff Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, I was suprised to find out that the poem was written by a kopite, just goes to show that there is a respect on both sides.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 11 Feb 2008, 23:59
Lovely treatment Les. He always reminds me of "Billys Boots" comic strip.
Les Auld: New one on me Dave, never heard of Billy Boots so you learn something new every day, thanks for the comment.

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