22-1-1907: One of English football’s greatest forwards, Dixie Dean, was born on this day in 1907. Birkenhead born Dean started his career at Tranmere Rovers and scored 27 goals in 30 games before he moved to Everton in 1925. In his 12 years with the Toffees he scored 383 goals in 433 games.
Dean twice finished as First Division top scorer in 1927-28 and 1931-32. In 1927-28 he scored 60 goals in 39 games – a record for English football.
Everton won two League titles (1928 and 1932), one second division title (1931) and one FA Cup (1933) with Dean.
Liverpool legend Bill Shankly honoured Dixie Dean at a dinner only hours before he died at Goodison Park watching the 1980 Liverpool derby. Shankly said:
“He belongs in the company of the supremely great, like Shakespeare, Rembrandt and Beethoven.”
In 2001 a statue of Dean was unveiled outside Goodison to honour one of England’s greatest goal scorers.