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Billy Dean

Everton FC

16 appearances, 18 goals, one missed penalty

P 16 W 10 D 1 L 5 F 48: A 26
 
66% successful

1927-1932

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
1440

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Full name William Ralph Dean

nickname

Dixie; He was nicknamed Dixie, because of his dark skin. Dixie was a reference to the Deep South of America where so many black people lived.  Dean, despite his boisterous manner, was an intelligent and deep thinking man and he thought Dixie was an insult - more to the Deep South than to him. He could not abide it.

Born 22 January 1907 in 325 Laird Street, Birkenhead, Cheshire [registered in Birkenhead, March 1907].
Attended Laird Street School and Albert Memorial Industrial Borstal, both Birkenhead.
Baptised 3 March 1907 at St James' Church, Birkenhead

Census Notes

According to the 1911 census, William is the youngest of six children and the only son to William and Sarah (née Brett). They live at 325 Laird Street in Birkenhead. His father is a loco engineman.
On 8 October 1930, in a court case against Dean, his address was stated as being Wellesley Street in Birkenhead. He was charged with dangerous driving on 21 August after he knocked down a woman who was boarding a tramcar, of which he was aquitted.
At Christmas 1933, Dean was living at Caldy Road in Walton, when his prized possessions were stolen, his international cap and a presentation clock.
Again, on 4 April 1940, Dean was summoned to court for non-payment of taxes on his sports outfitters shop (opened in Birkenhead, July 1934). Now living at New Ferry in Cheshire, he owed £22 1s. 5d.. The case was adjourned to see if Dean could ell his business that had been making a loss since the outbreak of war. 

Married to Ethel Fossard, 19 July 1931 at St James' Church, Birkenhead [registered in Birkenhead, September 1931] died in 1974. Four children, William J. (1932), Geoffrey D. (1935), Ralph L. (24 September 1936) and Barbara A. (1945).
Died 1 March 1980 in the Main Stand at Goodison Park, Everton, aged 73 years 38 days [registered in Liverpool, March 1980]. Following a heart-attack, watching the Merseyside Derby.
Funeral at St. James' Church on Laird Street
Height/Weight 5' 10½", 12st 7lb. [1930]

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Barrie Williams'/Tom Lawton's "Get In There!" [2010]

Biographies Dixie Dean: The Official Biography of a Goalscoring Legend - Nick Walsh (Macdonald and Jane's, 1977)*.
Dixie Dean of Tranmere Rovers 1923-25 - Gilbert Upton (The Author, Southport 1992)#.
The Fabulous Dixie - Phil Thompson (Quarry, Wirral 1990)
Dixie Dean: The Inside Story of a Football Icon - John Keith (Robson Books, 2003)

*William Ralph Dean was one of the game's greatest goal-scoring centre-forwards throughout the twenties and thirties; In 1936 he topped Steve Bloomer's long-standing scorer's record. Tranmere, Everton, Notts County and Sligo Rovers all figure in his story. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).
#Dean made his debut for Tranmere in 1923 at the age of 15. This biographical treatment covers those early days before he achieved folk hero status at Everton. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s)



Played for Birkenhead Schools and Moreton Bible Class. Ehile he was an apprentice fitter on the Wirral Railway, Dean played his junior football with Heswall FC and Pensby Institution FC, from where Tranmere Rovers FC signed him as a fifteen year old in November 1923, originally as an amateur and scored 27 goals in thirty league appearances. Despite interest from The Arsenal FC and Newcastle United FC, Dean joined Everton FC in March 1925 for £2500, and despite a bad motor-cycle accident in Holywell in the 1926 spring, which fractured his skull, only returning in the October, he would play 399 league matches, and score an astonishing 349 goals. The New York Giants 'Soccer' team offered £10,000 for Dean in July 1928, offering £25 per week in wages. [Real] Madrid CF even courted Dean's services in January 1932, again offering £25 per week. Even Burnley FC in September 1937 were rumored to be after him. In all cases, Dean was not interested. Dean was eventually transferred to Notts County FC on 11 March 1938 for a £3000 fee. After struggling with an ankle injury, he had his registration cancelled by Notts County FC in early January 1939 after nine league games and three goals. Instead of giving up un football, he then accepted an offer to sign for Sligo Rovers FC on 20 January 1939. In the meantime, however, County still owed £1000 of the original transfer fee, so on 1 February 1939, after the Notts club had sent deputation, Everton allowed a £500 rebate. Which was duly paid. Dean made seven Irish league appearances, scoring ten goals. He finished his career in the Cheshire County League with Hurst FC on 23 July 1939, after which he retired, totaling 379 goals in 437 league outings. He had had numerous operations on his ankle, removing loose bone.
Club honours: Football League Champions 1927-28, 1931-32; FA Charity Shield winners 1928, 1932; Football League Division Two winners 1930-31; FA Cup winners 1932-33; FAI Cup runners-up 1938-39; League of Ireland runners-up 1938-39;
Individual honours: Football League (six appearances, nine goals);
Sunday Pictorial Trophy
(for scoring sixty league goals) 1927-28; Lewis's Medal (for scoring 200 league goals) 1931; Hall of Fame Trophy 1971; FWA Silver Salver 1976; National Football Museum Hall of Fame 2002;
Distinctions: Holder of the Football League seasonal scoring record (sixty in 1926-27).
In 1928, Dean fronted an advertising campaign for Wix Cigarettes.
His statue
(left) was unveiled outside Goodison Park in May 2001.

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990]

England Career

Player number One of five players who became 512th player (515) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre forward
First match No. 152, 12 February 1927, Wales 3 England 3, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 20 years 21 days.
Last match No. 182, 17 October 1932, England 1 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Bloomfield Road, Revoe, Blackpool, aged 25 years 268 days;
Major tournaments British Championships 1926-27, 1927-28, 1928-29, 1930-31, 1932-33;
Team honours British Championships shared 1926-27, 1930-31;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Dean was obliged by ill-health to give up his employment as a Chester licensee, The Dublin Packet, in 1962, after which he worked for the Littlewoods Pools. In November 1976, due to his declining health, Dean had his right leg amputated because of a blood clot. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.85/86.

 

Billy Dean - Goal Record - When The 18 Goals Were Scored
0-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 26-30 31-35 36-40 41-ht ht-50 51-55 56-60 61-65 66-70 71-75 76-80 81-85 86-90 injury extra
time
0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 3 3 2 1 0 1 0 0
6 12 0

 

Billy Dean - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
16 + 16 10 1440 18 80 min 5 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions. The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Billy Dean - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 5 3 0 2 12 9 +3 0 1 2.40 1.80 60.0 +1
Away 11 7 1 3 36 17 +19 3 1 3.273 1.545 68.2 +4
All 16 10 1 5 48 26 +22 3 2 3.00 1.625 65.6 +5

 

Billy Dean - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 10 4 1 5 13 20 -7 3 1 1.30 2.00 45.0 -1
Friendly 6 6 0 0 35 6 +29 0 1 5.833 1.00 100.0 +6
All 16 10 1 5 48 26 +22 3 2 3.00 1.625 65.6 +5

 

Billy Dean - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1926-27 2 1 1 0 5 4 +1 0 0 2.50 2.00 75.0 +1
BC 1927-28 3 0 0 3 2 9 -7 1 0 0.667 3.00 0.00 -3
BC 1928-29 3 2 0 1 5 5 =0 1 0 1.667 1.667 66.7 +1
BC 1930-31 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 1 0 0.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC 1932-33 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 10 4 1 5 13 20 -7 3 1 1.30 2.00 45.0 -1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 10 4 1 5 13 20 -7 3 1 1.30 2.00 45.0 -1
All 10 4 1 5 13 20 -7 3 1 1.30 2.00 45.0 -1

 

Billy Dean - Match History
 Club: Everton F.C. - 16 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee  - 16 full capsx

Age 20
1 152 12 February 1927 - Wales 3 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AD Start 
10, 60
 cf
2 153  2 April 1927 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow AW Start 
69, 88
 cf
3 154  11 May 1927 - Belgium 1 England 9, Stade du Daring Club de Bruxelles, Bruxelles tour AW Start 

36, 47, 70
 cf
4 155  21 May 1927 - Luxembourg 2 England 5, Stade de la Frontière, Esch-sur-Alzette AW Start 

18, 65, 72
 cf
5 156  26 May 1927 - France 0 England 6, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris AW Start 
24, 75
 cf
6 157  22 October 1927 - Ireland 2 England 0, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AL Start   cf
7 158  28 November 1927 - England 1 Wales 2, Turf Moor, Burnley HL Start   cf
Age 21
8 159  31 March 1928 - England 1 Scotland 5, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Start   cf
9 160  17 May 1928 - France 1 England 5, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris tour AW Start 
27, 64
 cf
10 161  19 May 1928 - Belgium 1 England 3, Olympisch Stadion, Antwerpen AW Start 
35, 64
 cf
11 162  22 October 1928 - England 2 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW Start 
<26 77
 cf
12 163  17 November 1928 - Wales 2 England 3, Vetch Field, Swansea AW Start   cf
Age 22
13 164  13 April 1929 - Scotland 1 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Start   cf
Age 24
14 175  28 March 1931 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL Start   cf
15 180  9 December 1931 - England 7 Spain 1, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start  68  cf
Age 25
16 182  17 October 1932 - England 1 Ireland 0, Bloomfield Road, Blackpool BC HW Start   cf

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