William ‘Dixie’ Dean was the epitome of the rugged British centre-forward: sturdy as a rhino, and infrequently enjoying like one. 

Whereas his goalscoring report has gone down in English soccer historical past as merely unbeatable – simply ask Manchester Metropolis striker Erling Haaland – if you wish to understand how tough the sport was in Dixie’s period, think about this: enjoying in a reserves match for Tranmere when he was 16, Dean was challenged so ferociously that he misplaced a testicle.