Dean family special guests at CL game
The family of Dixie Dean, arguably the most famous player to wear the Sligo Rovers jersey, will travel to Sligo as guests of the club for the Champions League game against Molde FK.
The party of six will include Dean’s daughter Barbara and grand-daughter Melanie.
During their visit to Sligo, the Dean family will be afforded a reception in City Hall by Mayor Councillor Marcella McGarry, and will call to Sligo Museum to see the special display on Dixie Dean which is part of the Rovers exhibition.
Dean scored an amazing 377 goals in 431 games, and his achievement of 60 league in season 1927/28 remains a record to this day.
He would also achieve legendary status in his brief spell with Sligo Rovers. He signed for Rovers on January 25, 1939, and played in 11 games between then and May, helping us to the FAI Cup final for the first time in our history – losing 1-0 to Shelbourne following a replay – and reaching their highest league position as runners-up.
Dixie retained his contact with Rovers, and attended the FAI Cup Final of 1970 as a guest of the club.
He passed away on 1st March 1980, while attending a Merseyside Derby.
Sligo Rovers chairman Tony Quinn said: "The club are thrilled to have the Dean family as our guests on such a big occasion for the club. Dixie Dean achieved legendary status in his short period with the club and has a momentus part in the club's history. It will be a privilige to welcome Barbara, Melanie and other members of his family to The Showgrounds and afford them a welcome from us."