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Dixie Dean
Dixie Dean as a teenager in 1925
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Ralph Dean
Date of birth22 January 1907(1907-01-22)[1]
Place of birthBirkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK
Date of death1 March 1980(1980-03-01) (aged 73)
Place of deathGoodison Park, Liverpool, England, UK
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Playing positionCentre forward
Senior career*
1923–1925Tranmere Rovers30(27)
1938–1939Notts County9(3)
1939Sligo Rovers7(10)
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Dixie Dean (William Ralph Dean, 22 January 1907 – 1 March 1980) was an English football player. He played for Everton FC during the 1920s and 30s. He scored more goals than any other player in English football history.[2] Worldwide, only Pele scored more competitive goals than Dean.

Born in Birkenhead, he began his career at his hometown club Tranmere Rovers before moving on to Everton. He was particularly known for scoring goals with his head. Dean played most of his career at Everton. When injuries caught up with him, he moved on to Notts County. He is best known for his exploits during the 1927–28 season. He scored a record 60 league goals that season, and the English first division then was the strongest football league in the world. He also scored 18 goals in 16 appearances for England.

A statue of Dean was unveiled outside Goodison Park in May 2001. A year later, he became one of the first 22 players inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame. Dean was the first Everton player to wear the number 9 shirt, and is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time from Britain.