Having two players called Dixie Deans wouldn’t have been a bad thing back when he played football back in his heyday.
The former Celtic and Scotland striker was known to score a few doubles during his career but he got more than he bargained for when he visited Camelon’s Ochiltree Social Club in 1974. During a tour of the district that year Deans dropped into the club in Ochiltree Terrace and met his namesake.
The meeting was documented in the Inter Club magazine which was published at the time.
It said: “Dixie Deans of Celtic and Scotland met Dixie Deans of Ochiltree and Camelon. No blood was shed but it certainly is a small world; two Dixie Deans, wow! (One’s bad enough!)”
Some of the ladies of the club – Dolly Anderson, Joey Gubbins, Mary Mae, Tilly, Lilly Lawrie and Agnes Gallagher – all made an impression too, according to the magazine.
“All lovely ladies with a great sense of humour,” it said.