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Dixie Dean

Dixie Dean
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Ralph Dean
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionCentre Forward

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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 22 players inducted into the inaugural English football hall of fame. He was the first Everton player to wear the "number 9" shirt. Dean is regarded as one of the greatest pre-war sports heroes in British culture.

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