The 1st March this month marks the 30th anniversary of Dixie Dean's death. To commemorate the loss of Everton's greatest ever player, March's object of the month is Dixie Dean's England shirt badge.


Dean was capped 16 times for England before the Second World War and is one of the few players with an international goal-scoring average of more than one a game. Even though high scoring games were more usual in those days, there were fewer internationals in each year, so there were fewer opportunities to get your name on the score-sheet.

He made his England debut on the 12th February 1927 against Wales, scoring two goals in a 3-3 draw. In the final match of the Home Championships that season, Dean saved England's blushes against Scotland, scoring both goals late in the second half to secure a 2-1 win. Dean was given a standing ovation as he came off after the match, not such an unusual thing, except that the match was played at Hampden Park!

These performances booked Dean a place on the 1927 summer tour of Europe with games against Belgium, Luxembourg and France. Dean scored both of his England hat-tricks on this tour, first against Belgium in a 9-1 win, then against Luxembourg, 5-2. Finally, he only managed two in the 6-0 win against France.
The following year he went on tour again, scoring four goals in two games against Belgium and France. But Dean's England career only lasted for five years, his final match being against Ireland in the Home Championship for the 1932-33 season.

Out of all the players who have scored more than 10 goals for England, only a handful have an average of more than one goal a game, and Dean is one of them - a true England legend.

Click here to view all the Dixie Dean memorabilia in The Everton Collection.
Dixie's England badge