Dixon Ernie Image 1 Halifax Town 1922

Dixon Ernie Image 1 Halifax Town 1922


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Pudsey, Yorkshire born centre forward Ernie Dixon began his football career with Calverley in 1920 and joined First Division Bradford City in August 1921, making his Football League debut, and only appearance for The Bantams at Sunderland in March 1922. He joined Halifax Town in May 1922 and top scored for them in both his seasons at The Shay, his 21 goals in 1922-23 including a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Bradford Park Avenue in September 1922. His 37 goals in 70 appearances for The Shaymen led to him being signed by First Division Burnley in March 1924, but he played only 3 games for The Clarets before re-joining Halifax Town the same December.

Back at The Shay, he scored a hat-trick at Chesterfield the next month, and despite playing only half the season he ended the club’s joint top goalscorer. He was a consistent goalscorer and the club’s leading goalscorer for four more consecutive seasons, his best return of 23 goals coming in 1926-27 when he was also an ever present as Halifax finished fourth in the Third Division (North). His goalscoring feats included four goals in a 5-1 win over Rotherham United in September 1925.

After 95 goals in 183 further appearances for The Shaymen, he was transferred to First Division Huddersfield Town in September 1929 and scored twice in 5 appearances for The Terriers, but moved on to Nelson just over a month later, where he scored 10 goals in 29 appearances during the rest of the season, finishing as Nelson’s joint top goalscorer. He played for his fourth club inside twelve months when he joined Tranmere Rovers in August 1930, and he had the best season of his career, when, ever present in 1930-31, he notched 32 goals including a hat-trick against Accrington Stanley in January 1931. After 22 goals in 1931-32 when he was again the club’s leading goalscorer. But having scored 59 goals in 92 appearances for Tranmere, he left Preston Park at the end of the following season to join non league Gresley Rovers, and subsequently played for Mossley before his eventual retirement.

With 132 goals for Halifax Town across his two spells with the club, he is their all-time record goalscorer.

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