Everton Football Club have remembered their greatest ever goalscorer Dixie Dean. Roberto Martinez helped to officially unveil the new Dixie Dean Wall of Fame at Goodison Park on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May.
Plans to unveil a new gateway to the stadium were revealed in February and the Dean statue is the centrepiece of the area. The statue, which was originally unveiled in May 2001, is now surrounded by a commemorative wall made up of engraved stones.
The ‘Goodison Granites’, initiated and executed by Investors In Sport, sold out within days of going on sale, with Evertonians snapping up the personalised plaques as gifts and tokens of their passion for the Blues.
And hundreds of supporters turned up at Goodison Park for the launch event which coincided with the 86th anniversary of Everton’s greatest-ever striker’s 60th league goal in the1927/28 season.
The former striker netted his famous 60th league goal of a season on this day in 1928 and supporters got a glimpse of the wall outside the Park End yesterday, Bank Holiday Monday.
The new area has been a project co-ordinated by the Everton Fans’ Forum, with support from the Club and Investors In Sport.
Chairman of the Fans’ Forum Tony Bott said: ‘Dixie’s Wall of Fame was so popular when it was announced back in February with so many Evertonians quickly taking up the chance to secure their place on this piece of history that will forever leave its mark on our beloved stadium.’
Speaking to evertontv, Roberto Martinez said: “It was quite an exciting moment. We’d all been hearing a lot of good things about the project and what has been going on with the Fans’ Forum working really hard and the Club.
But you don’t see the picture until it gets unveiled and it was very impressive. For me, it represents the two big pillars of everything we do on a daily basis; the fans and our heritage.
Dixie Dean is the iconic figure that represents all the top ambassadors and players we had at the Club. And then to have the fans with their names on the wall, it’s quite a special place to go and get inspired before any game at Goodison. It was great to see so many fans, so many happy faces and it’s a really nice memory to keep.”
Kerry (Everton Family) wrote to say: “We have just been to the unveiling of Dixie and his wall and I just wanted to drop a line and say a big huge thank you for my Dad’s granite stone. We are all so pleased with how Dad’s stone looks and the rest of the wall and where Dad’s stone is placed is perfect. It really couldn’t have been better.
It really was fantastic for the Granite team to come up with an amazing idea and to give families, like ourselves, a place to go and remember loved ones. So just a big thank you for all your work. It was worth all the hours etc. put in by you and the team. Again today the club continued to make us so proud to be Evertonians and unveiled a piece of history that will never be forgotten and will always be cherished”.