BLUES fans can see the Dixie Dean story come to the stage in Wirral.
The captivating story of the Birkenhead boy who became English football's greatest centre forward is coming to Port Sunlight's Gladstone Theatre on Friday, October 25.
His life story begins as a young boy, watching the recruits march and be shipped to the World War ! killing fields, through to his glorious era at Everton in the 1920s and 30s when he became captain and an heroic figure in Goodison's title and FA Cup win.
The production also tells how Dixie – real name William Ralph – acquired his nickname and had to overcome a life-threatening accident to become English football's greatest goalscorer.
Wirral-based actor Steve Hazlehurst plays the iconic Everton and England centre forward from boyhood to old age, which spans the launch of his career at Tranmere and his record-breaking years at Goodison.
Steve went to the same Laird Street school Dixie attended decades earlier and, like the Toffees legend, played centre forward.
Steve said: “It's as if I was meant to play Dixie. I feel I've really got to know him through playing the role through so many performances.
“The show's narrative is more than just football, it's a human interest story capturing Dixie's steely determination and strength of character.”
Steve is joined on stage by narrator John Keith, who adapted the play from his biography.
One of the show's many highlights include Everton v Arsenal in May 1928 when Dixie scored a hat trick to reach 60 league goals that season.
Everton legend Duncan McKenzie added: “Steve's performance is remarkable.
“It's a fantastic production and I was blown away by the quality of the acting and presentation.
“Quite apart from Dixie's amazing football exploits, this is an enthralling story of how a boy's driving ambition took him to greatness, and to what is sure to be a permanent place in the record books.”
Tickets cost £16, £13 concessions, from Gladstone Theatre box office from Monday to Friday. Or call 643 8757 and purchase at www.gladstonetheatre.org.uk