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."
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."
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