I started a project about three years ago with the intent of uploading it to ToffeeWeb but, somewhere along the way, I got side-tracked and forgot about it. Then, about 6 months ago, I came across the notes and decided to finish it.

It grew into something a lot bigger than an article and eventually I realised it was just big enough for a paperback. So, for a bit of fun, I have self-published a book about the record-breaking feat of Dixie Dean’s 37 hattricks for Everton, titled Dixie Dean, Goal Machine; 37 Hattricks for one Club.

The book chronicles the hattricks, from Dixie’s arrival at Everton to his departure. Along the way, I focus on the goals, the games, and anything that surrounded the games, including other players and incidents, of interest. And the way his hattricks helped to shape and define Everton’s seasons from 1924-25 to 1937-38.

There aren’t any photos in the book, just text but I think it’s worth reading because it sheds some light on Dean’s record-breaking hattrick stats, which only seem to get a one-line mention in any book, article or info about him. And yet, his 37 hattricks are truly a remarkable feat that will never ever be beaten at Everton or at any other English football club for that matter. <

Also, during my research I found a few things of interest that went against the official narrative, as well as other information that I think Evertonian’s will find interesting and hopefully a joy to read.

It is available on Amazon and is cheaper than the price of a couple of beers, priced at £5.99 for the paperback and £1.99 on Kindle. It’s not a thick book and could be an enjoyable read over a few hours or so. It’s a story that I honestly believe has never been told and should be told and retold again to every generation of Evertonian.

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Henry Lloyd
1 Posted 08/03/2020 at 05:02:36
Hello Mark,

I just ordered a copy of the book. Well done for taking the time and effort to put it together.

Dixie Dean was simply one of the best strikers in the history of football worldwide. Period.

Looking forward to reading it.

Sean Callaghan
2 Posted 08/03/2020 at 11:15:07
My copy is winging its way via Amazon, and having read a few of the opening pages by way of the 'Look Inside' function, I know it'll be a great read.

I know your book is mainly about his scoring exploits, Mark, but did you manage to include much about his life more broadly? William Ralph Dean was one of those figures in my early life, thanks to my grandad's recollections of seeing him play, that became a mysterious legend.

Beyond his goal scoring records and a few more well-known incidents (the motor-bike crash and another eye watering injury), I really don't know too much about him. Hoping to be enlightened!

Mark Cuddy
3 Posted 08/03/2020 at 12:00:35
Henry and Sean, thanks for purchasing a copy. I hope you enjoy it.

Sean, in answer to your question, I mainly focused on the 37 hattricks and the other players around him who were interwoven in one way or another into Dean's Everton career.

There have been some excellent books written about Dixie and at the back of the book there is a bibliography, so you'll find some books that talk more about his life and you'll be able to buy them off Amazon. I just focused mainly on the hattricks because there was little info about them.

The one thing about reading about Dixie Dean is, he fills you with pride and makes you glad you chose (or were chosen) to be a Toffee. Thanks once again for your interest, I really appreciate it.

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