July 19, 1931
Elaborate precautions taken by Dixie Dean, the England and Everton centre forward, to keep his wedding plans secret failed. He had to run the gauntlet of many hundreds of excited women after his marriage yesterday to Miss Ethel Fossard, of Liverpool.
The marriage took place by licence at St. James’s Church, Birkenhead, after early morning communion.
This service had not ended when Dixie arrived at the church, and he waited outside for 10 minutes.
He was practically swept into the church by excited spectators when the doors were opened.
When the footballer and his bride emerged after the wedding ceremony women threw theirs arms round his neck and kissed him, and only with difficulty did the police succeed in cleaning a way for the bridal couple to the waiting motor-car.
Miss Fossard is the 20 year old daughter of a well known Liverpool sportsman.
The Everton Football Club have made Dixie a wedding present of a suite of furniture.
(Source: Western Daily Press: July 20, 1931)