Still the owner of countless records and trophies, Dixie Dean was known for his outstanding skill at scoring goals with his head and his service to football.
Scoring a staggering 60 goals for Everton in just one season, he is remembered today as one of the greatest goal scorers ever to grace the English game.
Before each match, Dixie would prepare for the game by drinking a glass of sherry with two raw eggs, it must have worked!
A legend of the beautiful game and a true gentleman, we take a look at some of the most incredible goals of Dixie Dean.
Nearing the end of the season, Dixie had just two matches left to score seven goals and beat the record 59 goals scored by Middlesbrough’s George Camsell.
In 1928, Everton took on Burnley with thousands of Everton fans in attendance, eager to see whether Dixie could edge closer to beating the amazing record.
Dean scored an amazing four goals during this match, showing is effortless skill and talent with the ball.
Everton won this match 5-3.
Having already won the league, Everton’s sights were firmly set on Dixie Dean’s record.
The last game of the season was against Arsenal and Dixie was just a hat trick away from?George Camsell?s seemingly unbeatable goal scoring record he made just the previous season. It all came down to this.
Everton fans were energetic as the players walked onto the pitch, there were approximately 60,000 attendees to witness football history.
Arsenal took the lead after only two minutes, courtesy of James Shaw. However, just one minute later, Dixie Dean equalised with a stunning piece of set play.
Critchley took a corner kick, aiming it at Martin who skilfully flicked the ball up to Dixie Dean’s head.
Dixie, in his own inimitable way, glided it sweet and low with his head right into the net.
It was a tense game, with both sides playing well.
However, a couple of minutes later, Everton were awarded a penalty and who took it? Dixie of course.
Dixie Dean converted his penalty and was on 59 goals. He had over 80 minutes to complete his hat-trick and break George Camsell?s record.
Dean continuously tried to score, but he was stopped in his tracks by Arsenal?s Bob John incessantly. He was then stopped by the woodwork, and soon the entire Arsenal defence. The Arsenal defenders were surrounding him, described by the Football Express as like: ?flies around honey.?
Dixie Dean subsequently had a few more attempts, but to no avail, with Bill Paterson carrying on preventing him from making history.
Numerous shot were saved and the game was nearing the last ten minutes of play.
Then, Everton were awarded a corner seven minutes from the end, this must be the chance!
Troup took the flag kick and in the crowd of defenders, Dean beat them all and headed it past Paterson.
The crowd erupted, the ground?rang with the volumes of cheering for several minutes. He was mobbed by his fellow players.
While this was going on, a small boy evaded the policeman who were chasing him. Despite the efforts of the referee to stop him, the boy reached Dean and shook him by the hand and then proceeded to ruffle his hair amid the merriment of the crowd.
Dixie Dean had made history.
On November 14, 1931 Dixie Dean scored five goals in the first 32 minutes of a top flight match against Chelsea at Goodison Park
The rare footage below shows Dean scoring two of his five goals.
Goodison Park is still instantly recognisable, with many of the features from Dean’s heyday still preserved.
During this game, Dixie played out of his skin, with many commenting that they had never seen heading like it.
Chelsea’s new centre-half, O’Dowd, shadowed him zealously, but not once did he beat Dean in a heading duel, and neither was he successful in any attempt to stop Dixie.
They beat Chelsea 7-2, were top of the league and promoted.
The 1933 FA Cup final was Dixie Deans only FA Cup final and it was Everton’s first Wembley Cup final appearance.
It was also the first time the players wore numbers on their shirts during a competitive match.
City were fastest out of the starting blocks, creating a chance within the first minute.?Toseland sent over a high, searching far-post cross, which Sagar did well to hold. Although he was rarely troubled on the day, Sagar’s calm assurance when he handled the ball had a positive, inspiring effect on his team-mates.
However, Everton soon turned the tables on their opponents to get a foothold in the game.?With Dean in tremendous form, it was only a matter of time before City’s defence buckled. It did so with 41 minutes on the clock.
Under intense pressure from Dean, the City goal keeper made a mistake which gave Everton winger Jimmy Stein the simple task of side-footing the ball home from close range, making the score 1-0 to Everton.
Next came Dean’s turn, seven minutes into the second half Dixie beat the defenders with a powerful header that sent the ball and himself flying into the net.
Everton were now streaking ahead and showed no signs of slowing down.
Ten minutes from time, Jimmy Dunn got his name on the scoresheet with the third, getting on the end of Geldard’s looping cross, 3-0 to Everton!
The referee blew for full-time and Everton climbed the steps to the Royal Box. Dean received the trophy and held it aloft to the Blue half of the 92,950 crowd.
The party went on well into the night – both in London and all the way back to Liverpool.
Dixie Dean remained at Goodison until the 1937/38 season having scored an amazing 349 goals in 399 League appearances. He died on 1st March 1980 at Goodison while attending Everton’s match against Liverpool.
Still remembered today for his incredible talent, we can’t wait to see the amazing Dixie Dean hotel built.
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