Born: July 7, 1934; Died: October 18, 2013.
Charlie Dickson, who has died aged 79, was a goal scorer, pure and simple. No Dunfermline Athletic player has scored as many times for the club - 215 senior goals in 340 appearances in his nine years with the club; a ratio of 0.63 goals per game, above the goal-every-two-games which is the expected strike rate for a good goal-scorer.
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Born in Edinburgh, he served his time as an electrician at the Blue Circle cement works in Dunbar while beginning to make his name as a goal scorer with Penicuik Athletic in the junior ranks. National Service disrupted his career slightly, but Bobby Ancell had seen enough to sign him for the Pars in January 1955 and Dixon quickly showed what he was about, with a double on his debut against Stenhousemuir later that month.
Dunfermline were in and out of the top flight in the late fifties, but Dickson kept rattling in the goals on his way to his eventual club record goals tally, which included 10 hat-tricks, plus a double hat-trick against St Mirren in December 1961. The tally, many of them the result of his impressive heading ability, includes five in Europe during the Pars' European Cup Winners Cup campaign of 1961-62.
However, the goal which earned him East End Park immortality came earlier that year of 1961, as the gloaming descended on Hampden Park on the evening of Wednesday April 26. Rank outsiders Dunfermline were leading Celtic by a single Davie Thomson goal.
Celtic, with Pat Crerand ruling the midfield, were pushing hard for a late equaliser when the Pars broke upfield. Frank Haffey made another of his high-profile match blunders, dropping a simple cross, and Dickson was on hand to take the loose ball round the keeper and prod it home for the second goal, which clinched Dunfermline's first Scottish Cup win, and immortality for himself down Halbeath Road.
That goal also speeded up manager Jock Stein's climb to immortality although Dickson was always something of a lucky talisman for Stein; he had, after all, got Stein's managerial career off to a flying start with a goal just seconds into the Big Man's managerial debut, against Celtic, in March 1960.
However, with the injuries which his all-action style made him prone to starting to take their toll, Dickson quickly followed Stein (who had gone to Hibernian) out of the Dunfermline door, in 1964. He was transferred to Queen of the South, before, two years later, making a short but ill-advised trip to the southern hemisphere to play in South Africa and Australia. The Pars clearly missed him, buying a similar type of spearhead in the young Alex Ferguson.
He then returned to Dunbar, where he settled. He worked for a time in the licensed trade before returning to his roots - back "on the tools" as an electrician at Blue Circle's Dunbar works.
Rumbustious and a true spearhead on the park and off it, Dickson was a quiet, self-effacing man, who liked nothing better than spending time with his racing pigeons, a hobby he shared with another great football man, John Lambie.
He is survived by his wife Francis, son Charlie Jr, daughters Arlene, Karen and Yvonne, and their children.
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